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SALT LAKE CITY -   Governor Gary R. Herbert has announced to his energy task force the appointment of Cody Stewart as the Governor's new energy adviser. Presently serving as Lt. Governor Greg Bell's chief of staff, Stewart will replace Amanda Smith as energy adviser and Smith will remain executive director of the Dept. of Environmental Quality.
 
"As we execute our ten-year strategic energy plan, Cody will be a key facilitator to ensure Utah is at the forefront in securing reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy," said the Governor. "Utah will benefit not only from Cody's keen understanding of related issues and stakeholder dynamics, but also from his sound judgment and balanced public policy approach."
 
The Governor added, "Let me also commend Amanda Smith for her ongoing and outstanding service to the State and remarkable willingness to do double-duty. She remains a valued and trusted member of my Cabinet and I appreciate her diligence in shouldering this additional responsibility."
 
Stewart has worked in a number of capacities focusing on both Utah and national energy and natural resource policy, including Communications Coordinator for the House Committee on Natural Resources under Chairman Jim Hansen, as a senior Legislative Assistant on Energy and Public Lands Policy to Congressman Chris Cannon, and as a Legislative Director for Congressman Rob Bishop,
 
"I am grateful to the Governor for this wonderful opportunity. This is an incredibly exciting time for an incredibly exciting sector of the economy," Stewart said. "As energy adviser, my singular focus each day will be to increase the development of energy in the state of Utah. I'm convinced Utah's energy sector has a bright future, and I look forward to working with the Governor and the Office of Energy Development staff to bring about our shared goals of a vibrant, growing energy sector in the state."

Stewart also worked in the private sector as a consultant specializing in western energy and natural resource policy. He represented several western clients, including western trade associations, pro-energy advocacy groups, universities, think tanks, municipalities, state and county governments, and several small businesses.
 
Stewart also served, on two separate occasions, as the Executive Director of the Congressional Western Caucus. As Executive Director, Cody worked closely with over 50 western members of Congress to protect and promote western interests. In this capacity, Cody was responsible for developing, coordinating, and promoting legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives.
 
Born and raised in Utah, Stewart graduated from Utah State University with bachelor's degrees in both history and political science. He subsequently received a joint MBA/Masters degree in government from John's Hopkins University.

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