Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs
Alex Flint joined the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in February 2006, where his responsibilities include advocating a wide range of nuclear energy issues before Congress and the administration. The NEI represents over 300 members with a broad spectrum of interests. In addition to representing every U.S. utility that operates a nuclear power plant, NEI’s membership includes nuclear fuel cycle companies, suppliers, engineering and consulting firms, national research laboratories, manufacturers of radiopharmaceuticals, universities, labor unions and law firms.
Prior to joining NEI, Alex served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He began his Senate career in 1988 with eight years on the personal staff of Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) working his way up from the mailroom to legislative assistant. In the latter capacity, he was responsible for energy and nuclear issues. He was the principal staffer responsible for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Land Withdrawal Act, which opened the nation’s first nuclear waste repository, and the United States Enrichment Corporation Privatization Act, which resulted in the privatization of the USEC for $1.8 billion. He was also the principal staffer on numerous Bills that revised the missions and authorities of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.
In 1996, Alex became majority clerk of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. In that capacity, he was responsible for the budgets of, among others, the Department of Energy, Corps of Engineers, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He was also the principal staffer responsible for the implementation of the U.S. Russia Agreement on the Disposition of Weapons Derived Plutonium and the creation of the National Nuclear Security Administration.
In 2000, Alex joined Johnston & Associates, a Washington-based consulting and lobbying firm where he specialized in civilian and defense nuclear issues. In 2001, Alex established his own consulting and lobbying practice which concluded when he returned to the Senate in 2003 as staff director of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.Alex resides in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife and four children.