Jan Brunner


Introducing Jan Brunner, a distinguished member of the BlueWater Strategies, LLC team. Jan's approach to policy matters is genuinely bipartisan, with a career boasting roles as a senior advisor and counsel to both Democratic and Republican U.S. senators.

Most recently, she spearheaded the infrastructure team for Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. In this role, Jan was instrumental in drafting comprehensive federal infrastructure legislation, focusing on surface transportation and the development of water infrastructure components, while coordinating closely with the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA.

As Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jan advised on all issues before the EPW and Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committees, encompassing those related to the Departments of Energy, EPA, and the Army Corps of Engineers, and agricultural matters with an environmental focus. Her legislative expertise includes drafting, negotiating, and managing sections of the Energy Policy Act of 2016, specifically regarding natural gas transmission and carbon capture utilization and storage.

Jan also served as Senior Counsel for Fossil Energy on the Senate ENR Committee under Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA). Her portfolio included managing bipartisan negotiations on the Critical Minerals Policy Act, which was later integrated into the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.

In her role as Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Joe Manchin (I-WV), Jan was responsible for energy, natural resources, and environmental matters. She developed legislation amending several key pieces of environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the General Mining Act of 1872.

Jan's diverse career also includes roles as Senior Energy Advisor at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., Counsel to Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), and associate attorney in private practice, focusing on pharmaceutical and food regulation, agriculture, and trade matters.

Hailing from West Virginia, Jan serves on the board of the West Virginia State Society and is a board member of Travelers Aid International. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Leeds (UK), and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.

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