James D. Barnette

James D. Barnette is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where he is a member of the Government Affairs & Public Policy Group. He focuses his practice on energy, telecommunications, healthcare, and environmental law.

Mr. Barnette has the unique distinction of serving as General Counsel for the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce under all four Republican Chairmen (Fred Upton (R-MI), Joe Barton (R-TX), Billy Tauzin (R-LA), and Tom Bliley (R-VA) since 1994. In that capacity, he helped enact over 100 public laws, including the landmark Medicare Modernization Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and legislation in areas as diverse as bioterrorism preparedness, energy, telecommunications reform, consumer protection, and e-commerce. In 2011, he served as a principal advisor to Chairman Upton on healthcare, Clean Air Act legislation, and major telecommunications reforms.

On Capitol Hill he served in the following roles:

Principal advocate for the Committee’s position with the Senate, House leadership, House Parliamentarian and other House Committees (including Agriculture, Appropriations, Armed Services, Budget, Judiciary, and Ways and Means).
Led the Committee’s oversight and investigation of the Solyndra loan, sport utility vehicle rollovers, accounting improprieties in the energy sector, and the California energy crisis.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Congressional Oversight & Investigations and 2) Government Affairs & Public Policy
Law School Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.,1990)
Education Yale University (B.A., 1985)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia
Most recent firm Steptoe & Johnson
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