March 11, 2014
Native Louisianian and longtime staffer will help lead committee
WASHINGTON — The Chair of Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced the senior members of her team to lead the Committee. Native Louisianian and longtime staffer, Elizabeth “Liz” Leoty Craddock, will serve as staff director. She will join the experienced and respected ENR leadership team of Sam Fowler, Daniel Adamson and David Brooks. In addition, Landrieu staffers Caroline Bruckner and David Gillers will serve the committee in senior roles.
Craddock, originally from Delhi, La., joined Sen. Landrieu’s team in 2006 and currently serves as Legislative Director and Counsel, focusing mainly on energy issues. With her appointment to this position, Craddock becomes the first woman to lead the majority staff of ENR.
“Our country is currently in the midst of an energy revolution and manufacturing renaissance that has the potential to create thousands of high-paying jobs and strengthen and expand the middle class. I’m confident this leadership team has the deep knowledge and experience necessary to continue developing policies that promote domestic energy production and our secure energy independence responsibly and safely,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Liz has been an effective leader in my office for eight years for Louisiana and our country, and I have no doubt that she will continue to be effective in her new role leading this experienced team.”
“Serving in this role on this important committee under Sen. Landrieu’s direction is a tremendous honor, and I am humbled by the trust she has placed in me,” said Craddock. “We’re at a critical time in our nation’s history thanks to new technologies that are allowing us to discover and produce more natural gas. Sen. Landrieu understands the important impact this energy production is having on our economy and how it is helping to grow and expand the middle class. I am grateful for every opportunity the Senator has given me, and I look forward to getting to work right away with the great team we have in place to move this committee forward for Louisiana and our country.”
A native of Delhi, Louisiana, Liz joined Senator Landrieu's office in 2006. Currently, as Legislative Director and Counsel, she coordinates the Senator’s legislative affairs; developing legislation on behalf of the Senator and providing vote recommendations. Liz’s background is in energy, environment, agriculture and trade issues – the issues she originally worked on for the Senator. Prior to serving in Senator Landrieu's office, Elizabeth worked for U.S. Congresswoman Karen Thurman, D-Dunnellon, and Congressman Dale Kildee, D-Flint, as well as served a stint during law school for the Energy and Commerce Committee. Elizabeth received her B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida, and earned her J.D. from Tulane University Law School.