Humboldt State University

People on the Ground: Alumni Profiles

Tim Charters

During the 2012 presidential election, Tim Charters ('93, Political Science) got a chance to work with the Romney campaign.

The former presidential hopeful was preparing for a town hall style debate against President Barack Obama and Tim got the chance to work as an adviser on energy policy.

"I wrote a few free flowing lines for him, which he ended up using," recalls Charters, who is policy director for the House Committee on Natural Resources and Republican staff director for the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. "As the committee's policy director, Charters oversees legislation on American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation. "We develop policies that are pursued by Congress and in doing so, influence where we're heading nationally," he explains.

One of the most rewarding parts of his job is working on sustainable energy security. "Wind, solar, hydropower, clean coal, American oil and natural gas. All of these energy opportunities come together on my desk at Congress," he says. "It's an amazing time to be a part of the debate on how America secures its energy for the future."