The Legislative Affairs and Transportation Manager for The Woodlands Township reports to the Township President/General Manager.
The Legislative Affairs and Transportation Manager represents the interests of the Township before the Texas Legislature and select issues before the U.S. Congress, working for passage of legislation that will favorably impact the sustainability, livability and economic viability of The Woodlands.
The Legislative Affairs and Transportation Manager also represents the interests of the community before state and federal agencies, regulatory commissions, local governmental bodies, and quasi-public entities. He is called upon to engage in local, state and federal issues involving public safety, the environment, infrastructure and public works, mobility and transportation, community planning and land use, public health, water use, conservation and drainage, and the provision of utility services to The Woodlands Township and community.
About J. Miles McKinney, Jr.
After joining The Woodlands Community Service Corporation in 2000 in the Covenant Administration Department, Mr. McKinney was called upon to develop and assume the newly formed position of Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for the Community Associations of The Woodlands in 2005. He served in this capacity until joining The Woodlands Township in 2010. Mr. McKinney is a past President and current Board member of the Greater Houston Community Associations Institute. He also served as Treasurer and Board member of the Texas Legislative Action Committee.
Mr. McKinney currently serves as South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce Team Leader for the Legislative Team that sponsors the Whistle Stop Tour Luncheon for candidates seeking federal, state and local political offices. He led the 2009 Montgomery County Day at the Capitol Team co-sponsored by the six chambers of commerce in Montgomery County. Mr. McKinney is an active member of the Greater Houston Partnership Local Relations Committee working on public policy issues important to the thirteen-county Gulf Coast Planning region.
Mr. McKinney worked 25 years in the petroleum industry with ARCO, AMOCO and British Petroleum, serving in U.S. and foreign assignments. He dealt with domestic state and federal governments, foreign governments and the European Union in the development of energy and regulatory policy to support new business ventures. Mr. McKinney developed company policy and advocated positions on energy issues before U.S. Public Utility Commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as well as provided testimony before the U.S. Senate. He was responsible for development of company foreign government and regulatory policy for natural gas and power in European, Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries, supporting new natural gas and power projects in Spain, the United Kingdom, Romania, Netherlands, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and India.
While in the Petroleum Industry, Mr. McKinney represented employer interests in industry trade associations and public forums. He chaired the State Regulatory Affairs Committee of the U.S. Natural Gas Supply Association and was an active participant in the American Gas Association, Southern Gas Association and The Energy Council. Mr. McKinney chaired the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association Finance & Accounting Committee and the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies Regulatory Affairs Committee, leading those trade association committees during times of significant change in public energy policy. Mr. Mckinney served as President of the Petroleum Accounts Society of Fort Worth and was appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as Chair of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission Economic Committee on State Taxation of oil and gas produced in the 30+ member and associate states of the Compact.