The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) announced that Derrick Morgan will join the organization as Senior Vice President, Federal and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he will oversee the government relations, regulatory affairs and petrochemical departments.


“I look forward to Derrick joining our team. He has an impressive record of responsibilities and accomplishments, working in both the public and private sector,” said AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson. “He is a proven leader with experience in all three branches of our government, and his extensive background will help us more effectively advance the priorities of our members.”


Morgan comes to AFPM from the office of Senator Ben Sasse, where he served as chief of staff. He previously held several positions at the Heritage Foundation, including Vice President for the Institute of Economic Freedom and Opportunity, where he managed a research division, and as the Chief of Staff to the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Ed Feulner.


During the Presidency of George W. Bush, he served on Vice President Dick Cheney’s senior staff in several capacities, including Assistant to the Vice President, Special Counsel, and Staff Secretary. Additionally, he also served as a policy analyst and counsel to the U.S. Republican Policy Committee under Senator John Thune, providing analysis to all Republican senators on energy, environment, labor and agriculture bills, amendments and policy.


He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Dallas and a law degree from Georgetown University. Morgan practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP after clerking at the U.S. Department of Justice and for Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater of the Northern District of Texas.


Morgan has published works on topics including climate change and fuel economy standards, and has authored editorials and commentary in many major publications, including The Washington Post, USA Today, and Real Clear Politics. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN and many other outlets.