Andrew R. Wheeler

Principal - Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting

Andrew is a principal with Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting and co-leader of Faegre Baker Daniels' energy and natural resources practice, and of counsel to the law firm. He employs his extensive background in energy and environmental policy to help lead the firm's practice by advising numerous types of clients on comprehensive legislative, regulatory and operational strategies. He represents clients before Congress, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation. Andrew's unique position and broad expertise in domestic and international public policy has helped him develop a highly specialized view of how to execute effective advocacy programs before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch, involving all aspects of energy, environment and public works policy. His knowledge and insider understanding of the Senate, House and various federal agencies allows Andrew to develop tailored, comprehensive strategies that assist clients in realizing their federal affairs goals and build lasting relationships with key policymakers.

Andrew came to FaegreBD Consulting from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he served as majority staff director, minority staff director and chief counsel. In those roles, he worked on every major piece of environmental and energy-related legislation before Congress for over a decade, including greenhouse gas emissions legislation, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Clear Skies Act and the Clean Air Interstate Rule. Andrew also has widespread knowledge of and experience with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Interior, where he has affected meaningful changes in energy and environmental regulations. Work on the 1998 and 2005 Highway Bill reauthorizations has given Andrew an unparalleled expertise on transportation funding. Combined with his focus on the Diesel Emissions Reduction SEP Bill and the energy bills' Renewable Fuel Standards, Andrew has emerged an unrivaled expert on transportation matters. On the regulatory side Andrew has worked on all major fuel related issues including Refinery MACT, Gasoline sulfur, and the NSPS program.

Prior to his work at the full Senate EPW Committee, Andrew served in a similar capacity for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety, under the subcommittee chairmanships of both Senators James Inhofe and George Voinovich, shaping key nuclear safety, clean energy technologies and clean water standards. He started his career at the Environmental Protection Agency, working on toxic chemical, pollution prevention and right-to-know issues.

In addition to his previous role serving Congress, Andrew has been a keynote speaker before the American Bar Association and various trade associations, creating an impressive legal and business network that he leverages to help clients achieve their public policy goals.

Andrew serves clients of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting as a consulting professional, and does not act as a lawyer for those clients. Separately, Andrew serves other clients as a lawyer for Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. He can help you decide which services are best for you. Learn more.

Capitol Hill and Administration Experience

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • U.S. Senate Subcommittee for Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety
  • Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency


  • National Journal — One of the Top Congressional Staff Leaders, 2005
  • John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow, 106th Congress
  • EPA Bronze Medal,  1993 and twice in 1994

Professional Associations

  • National Energy Resources Organization — Chairman
  • Washington Coal Club — Vice President
  • Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs Technical Review Panel for the Energy Concentration
  • District of Columbia Bar Association


  • The Global Transition to a New, Enhanced Energy Future
    Institute of Clean Air Companies 2017 Clean Air Summit; Arlington, VA, May 3, 2017
  • How to Conduct Congressional Oversight
    The Bipartisan Policy Center, Senate Legislative Director Retreat, 2017
  • Preparing for the New Administration
    The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, 2017
  • What Does a New Congress and New Administration Bring to Environmental Policy?
    2016 Indiana Environmental Conference, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • National and Local Perspectives of Water
    2016 Minnesota Water Technology Summit, 2016
  • The Air Up There: Developments and Opportunities for Clean Air, Coal, Energy and Climate
    IU McKinney School of Law's Eighth Annual Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Symposium, March 6, 2016
  • Preparing for the Change in Administration
    Senate Western Caucus, Washington, D.C., February 5, 2016
  • U.S. Energy Panel: How Reliable Will the Provision of Electricity Be Following the EPA Clean Power Plan?
    Panelist, 16th Coaltrans USA Conference, January 29, 2016
  • Prospects for Energy & Environmental Policy in 2014
    Moderator, Energy & Environmental Symposium: A Conversation with National Stakeholders, Washington, D.C., March 2014
  • Beltway Perspectives: Legal Issues and Policy Priorities for 2014
    Panelist, ABA 21st Fall Conference on the Environment, October 10, 2013
  • Developments in U.S. Energy Production and the Implications for Global Trade
    Panelist, America's Energy Exports, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, January 16, 2013
  • Focusing on What Really Should Be Debated: The Cases of Boiler Mact, Utility Mact and CSPAR
    ABA's 40th National Spring Conference on the Environment, Baltimore, Maryland, June 1, 2012
  • The Clean Air Act: A View from the Capitol
    ALI-ABA Clean Air Conference, Washington, D.C., December 2, 2011
  • View From the Capitol: New Legislative Developments
    ALI-ABA Clean Air Course, Washington, D.C., December 3, 2010
  • Election Preview 2010
    RISE Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida, September 10, 2010
  • U.S. Politics and Implications for Asia in the North American GHG Market
    Carbon Forum Asia, Singapore, October, 27, 2009
  • National Outlook for Comprehensive Energy Reform and Climate Change
    Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 26, 2009
  • Domestic and International Implications of Climate Policy
    Indiana Energy Association, Indianapolis, September 24, 2009
  • Maximizing the Benefits of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program: Why You Need a Conservation Plan
    Webinar, August 4, 2009
  • The Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act: Cap-and-Trade
    Webinar, Washington, D.C., April 22, 2009
  • Emerging Federal Energy Policy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: What's in It for Indiana?
    Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis, April 17, 2009
  • Energy Efficiency, Design, Construction, LEED & Green Projects: The Stimulus Does It All
    Webinar, April 9, 2009
  • Climate Change and the Law: Congressional Developments
    Webinar, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2009
  • Navigating the New Washington
    Federal Economic Development Forum IEDC, Alexandria, Virginia, March 15, 2009
  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Energy and Environment Provisions
    Educational Association of University Centers, Washington, D.C., March 9, 2009
  • Water Conservation: Your Business, Your Role -- A D.C. Perspective
    Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Green Street Institute, Indianapolis, March 6, 2009
  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Energy and Climate Change Provision
    B&D Consulting and Baker & Daniels Webinar, Washington, D.C., February 24, 2009
  • Congressional Developments and the New Administration
    ALI-ABA Environmental Law Course, Bethesda, Maryland, February 5, 2009

Published Articles

  • What To Expect From Trump's Environmental Policies
    Author, Law360, November 2016
  • PURPA Changed Could Shake Up Clean Energy Market
    Co-author, Law360, September 2016
  • Keystone XL Will Shape Energy Debate For 114th Congress
    Co-author, Law360, February 2015
  • EPA Delay On Renewable Fuel Puts Ball In Congress' Court
    Co-author, Law360, January 2015
  • As Climate Changes So Does Focus On Methane Emissions
    Co-author, Law360, September 2014


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