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NAM Statement on Mike Sommers

Timmons: Sommers “Is Absolutely the Perfect Person to Lead the Oil and Gas Industry and the American Petroleum Institute to the Next Historic Chapter.

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the announcement that Mike Sommers will become the next President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API):

Mike Sommers is absolutely the perfect person to lead the oil and gas industry and the American Petroleum Institute to the next historic chapter. Mike is a highly respected public policy professional and successful association leader, and he has earned the respect of elected officials, business leaders and his colleagues because of his commitment to bipartisanship, solutions and integrity.

As the nation’s largest consumer of energy, manufacturers care deeply about secure, affordable and reliable energy supplies. And those who manufacture energy products are proud of the jobs they create. Mike’s years of experience, including service on Capitol Hill and in the White House, will provide him the vision for the next generation of innovation and job creation in this critical industry.

Having worked with Mike and seen him in action for many years, I appreciate his unwavering commitment to advancing not just the business agenda, but also the values that keep America exceptional—free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. I look forward to his leadership at API, and manufacturers are thrilled to welcome him as the newest CEO member of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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