Capitol Hill and mining veteran heads PCA Government Affairs

A. Todd Johnston has joined the Portland Cement Association Washington office as vice president for Government Affairs, arriving with a strong record of experience and accomplishments in state government and industry, and on Capitol Hill. Most recently, he served as staff director for the Subcommittees on Environment and Energy under the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, leading a team whose primary focus was on the technical, scientific and legal underpinnings of major Environmental Protection Agency-proposed regulatory initiatives: greenhouse gas standards for power plants; revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone; and, changes to the scope of regulation falling under the Clean Water Act.  

From 2007 to 2013, Johnston worked on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), first as a senior advisor and staff director of its Clean Air, Climate Change and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee under Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH). After Senator Voinovich retired in 2010, Johnston became the full committee’s senior policy advisor under Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). Prior to joining EPW’s staff, Johnston was National Mining Association director of Air Quality and Environment manager for Kyanite Mining Corp. in Dillwyn, Va. Johnston also served as policy advisor and special assistant to the Secretary of National Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia under Governors George Allen and Jim Gilmore.