Sinema energy aide jumps to manufacturing trade group

By Kelsey Brugger | 06/24/2024 04:12 PM EDT

Chris Phalen had been a senior policy adviser to the retiring Arizona senator.

Independent Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema walks through the U.S. Capitol after a vote on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) in March. A top energy aide has moved to a trade group. Jonah Elkowitz for POLITICO

A senior policy adviser to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) has left Capitol Hill to join the National Association of Manufacturers, the group announced Monday.

Chris Phalen, a former aide to Sinema on energy, natural resources and environment, among other issues, is the trade group’s new vice president of domestic policy.

“Manufacturers are facing a political war on energy,” NAM CEO Jay Timmons said in a statement announcing the new hire. He pointed to permitting reform, critical mineral supply chains, and “regulatory barriers.”


“Chris will help us steer policymakers in the right direction,” Timmons said. The trade group is expected to be influential as lawmakers re-craft the expiring 2017 tax cuts next year.