Luling resident Tommy Faucheux has been selected as the new president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.
His new position begins Jan. 10.
“After an exhaustive national search which included candidates from throughout Louisiana and abroad, the LMOGA Board voted to overwhelmingly appoint Tommy Faucheux as our next president,” LMOGA Chair Lavelle Edmondson of Marathon Petroleum Company said. “Tommy brings a wealth of corporate and public policy experience that will help LMOGA realize our vision of becoming one of the most reliable, credible, and effective trade associations in the country.”
LMOGA, founded in 1923, is a trade association exclusively representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. LMOGA serves exploration and production, refining, transportation, marketing and midstream companies as well as other firms in the fields of law, engineering, environment, financing and government relations.
“I am excited and honored for the opportunity to be leading LMOGA at such a pivotal time for the energy industry,” Faucheux said. “As a native of Louisiana, I personally know the importance and benefits of a strong oil and natural gas industry. I look forward to the role that our member companies will play in the future of Louisiana and the nation.”
Faucheux has worked in government and public affairs for The Dow Chemical Company for nearly 15 years, most recently serving as the company’s Director of State Government Affairs. In this role he has been responsible for government affairs for Dow’s Southeast Region in the United States, which includes Louisiana as well as Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. He also provided strategic public affairs support to Dow Louisiana facilities.
“I will always be grateful for Dow,” Faucheux said. “It is a tremendous company and that makes this transition bittersweet. I am leaving a great team of people that care about each other and about the community.”
He said the emphasis Dow and its employees put on safety, environmental stewardship and community engagement are bedrock items that he will take with him.
Faucheux received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations with a minor in Political Science in 2002 from Loyola University in New Orleans. He resides in Luling with his wife Mitzi and two children, Camdyn and Cade. He said he has no plans of leaving St. Charles Parish.
“This is home and that is very important to me and my family,” he said. “Our parents are here, our church is here, our friends are here. I am blessed to be able to lead LMOGA, and I am blessed to be able to do it from Luling. I will remain very engaged in the community of St. Charles Parish, both professionally and personally. That will not change. I want to see the type of support that St. Charles Parish provides to our industry replicated across the state of Louisiana.”
Faucheux said he knows first-hand the importance of that support when companies are making decisions regarding future investment.
“I am thankful for people like Parish President Matt Jewel who understand how a parish’s support of the industry directly impacts the economy of Louisiana and the energy needs of the United States,” he said. We need more of that statewide.”
Faucheux said he looks forward to advocating for sound policies that support the industry in the state.
“As one of Louisiana’s longest standing trade associations, LMOGA has a critical role to play for the future of Louisiana’s oil and natural gas industry,” he said. “Whether it’s exploration and production onshore or offshore, development of infrastructure, pipelines, and LNG facilities, or refinery expansions, Louisiana needs strong policies to keep moving our economy forward.”
Faucheux said he thinks it is very important for people to realize that while the oil and natural gas industry is made up of many companies – some of which are large multinational corporations – that their facilities, employees, financial benefits from taxes, salaries and philanthropic investment are very much local assets.
“St. Charles Parish and its residents are better because of companies like Shell and Valero,” he said. “As lifelong residents of this parish, my wife and I have personally benefited from their presence. We are graduates of Hahnville High School and beneficiaries of strong, public schools. Now our two children are enjoying the same benefits, and education is just one example of why it is important to support these companies and the industry. We could talk for hours about the safety our sheriff’s office provides, the infrastructure that allows our parish government to successfully respond to a major disaster like Hurricane Ida or the technology implemented in the assessor’s office to make quick adjustments when life changing events like a hurricane happen. Those are direct benefits to local residents because of a strong industry presence.”