Hearings and Business Meetings

SD-366 Energy Committee Hearing Room 10:00 AM

David Hill

General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy

Nominee to be General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
United States Senate
July 12, 2005
Mr. Chairman, Senator Bingaman, and members of the Committee, I am
deeply honored to appear before you today as the President’s nominee to be
General Counsel of the United States Department of Energy.
I want to express my thanks to President Bush for nominating me to serve in
this position, and to Secretary Bodman for recommending me to the
President. If I am confirmed, it would indeed be a privilege to serve as the
Department’s General Counsel under the leadership of President Bush,
Secretary Bodman and Deputy Secretary Clay Sell.
I would like to introduce my wife Kristina Hill, who is here with me today,
along with our three beautiful daughters, Anna, Margaret and Julia. I want
to publicly thank Kristina for her constant support and encouragement,
which have allowed me to serve in my present position at the Department of
Energy, and will allow me to continue to serve.
I also would like to introduce my sister Carolyn J. Hill. My parents Ronald
and Shirley Hill, who still live in Smithville, Missouri where I grew up, and
my brother Roger W. Hill, could not be here today. I do want to express my
thanks to my parents, to whom I am forever grateful for everything they
have done for me.
I currently serve as Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at the
Department of Energy. In that position, which I have held since March
2002, I have had the opportunity to work with many of the Department’s
programs and with senior officials at the Department and throughout the
Administration. I also have worked with the staff of this Committee and of
some of the Committee’s Members on a variety of matters. I look forward
to continuing to work with the Committee, in my present position and in the
position of General Counsel should I be confirmed, toward the goal of
completing work on the pending comprehensive energy bill, and then in
carrying out its many important provisions.
In my current position at DOE, I have provided legal advice and analysis on
a variety of statutory, legislative, regulatory, administrative and policy
issues. In performing those duties, I have worked with many of the career
lawyers at the Department. If confirmed as DOE’s General Counsel, I
would have the honor of leading an organization with very high professional
standards and a strong commitment to public service.
Most of my legal career prior to joining DOE was spent in private practice.
I was a partner at the law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding here in
Washington, D.C., and subsequently was a partner at Blackwell Sanders
Peper Martin in Kansas City, Missouri. Early in my career I was an
associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. My work in
private practice spanned a broad range of regulatory, litigation and corporate
I also served as associate counsel on the staff of the U.S. House of
Representatives Committee on Agriculture from 1991 to 1993, and began
my legal career as a clerk for Judge James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. I received my law degree from the
Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, and my
bachelor’s degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of
Missouri at Columbia.
I have a deep respect for both the importance and the difficulty of the
missions that Congress and the American people have entrusted to the
Department of Energy. Each of the Department’s four strategic goals –
which focus on defense, energy, science and the environment – involve
activities and responsibilities that present difficult and interesting legal
challenges. While the solutions to these challenges are rarely easy or
uncomplicated, I believe that our success in addressing them is critical not
only to the safety and security of the American people, but indeed to the
safety and security of people throughout the world. If confirmed and
appointed as DOE’s General Counsel, I am committed to doing everything I
can to work both within the Administration, with this Committee and with
the Congress to help the Department succeed in carrying out its missions.
In closing, I want to again thank President Bush and Secretary Bodman for
the trust they have placed in me. I also want to thank the Committee for
holding this hearing and considering my nomination to be the Department of
Energy’s next General Counsel. It would be an honor and a privilege for me
to serve the American people in this position.
Mr. Chairman, that concludes my prepared statement. I would be glad to
answer the Committee’s questions at this time.