Christopher Mansour named SEIA VP of federal affairs

Capitol Hill veteran Christopher Mansour, with nearly three decades of experience in the legislative and executive branches of government, has joined the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) as vice president of federal affairs.

Mansour comes to SEIA after four years as director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Department of Interior (DOI). Prior to that, he served 24 years in the office of Rep. Dale E. Kildee of Michigan, including 17 years as chief of staff.

At the DOI, Mansour managed a staff of 16 lawyers, political-appointed officials and support staff.  He provided the interior secretary with strategic advice on crafting, approving and advancing the department’s legislative agenda through Congress.

As head of legislative and congressional affairs, Mansour also played a key role in shepherding several major pieces of legislation to enactment, including the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which Time magazine listed among the top 10 environmental laws in recent U.S. history.

In addition, Mansour was tasked with the responsibility of confirming 17 DOI presidential nominees, requiring him to negotiate with various senators.
A native of Michigan, Mansour received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.

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