Technology & Communications
Tax Policy
Homeland Security
Widener University School of Law, JD, 1990
King's College, BA, 1985
Joseph McMonigle   Principal
Washington, DC v. 202.772.5922 f. 202.772.1685

Joseph McMonigle brings extensive government relations experience in the fields of energy, technology, transportation, tax policy, and homeland security to Blank Rome Government Relations LLC. He is also the president and co-founder of The Abraham Group LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based international strategic consulting firm focused on the energy sector.

Mr. McMonigle previously served as the chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Energy; vice-chairman of the International Energy Agency Board of Governors (Paris); co-chair of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Working Group; and administrative assistant, general counsel, and communications director to a U.S. Senator.

In addition, Mr. McMonigle is a senior energy analyst, providing research and analysis to mutual funds, pension funds, and hedge funds regarding the impact of legislation, regulation, policy, and geopolitics on energy markets, industries, and companies.

Mr. McMonigle is the former vice-chairman of the Paris-based International Energy Agency (“IEA”), an international organization of oil-consuming countries, whose core mission is to work for stable energy markets and respond with joint measures to meet oil supply emergencies. He also served concurrently as U.S. Representative to the IEA (2003–2005).

Previously, Mr. McMonigle served as chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”), a cabinet department with a $23 billion budget and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees (2001–2005). In this role, he had direct responsibility for the public affairs office, speechwriters, legislative, and political activities, and was also the chief liaison to the White House. He also provided advice to the secretary on a broad range of topics, including international affairs, budget, and legal issues.

Mr. McMonigle also served as the American co-chair of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Working Group and led DOE’s bilateral activities and engagement with China. 

Before joining the Bush Administration, Mr. McMonigle was the administrative assistant and general counsel to a U.S. Senator. He also served as a communications director and press secretary in various campaigns and in the Senate. He was elected by his peers to serve two terms as president of the U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association, a bipartisan organization of Senate press secretaries and communications directors.

In addition, he is a frequent commentator on CNN, Bloomberg TV, Canada’s Business News Network (“BNN”), Reuters, and other media outlets on topics related to energy markets and Washington policy developments. 


Mr. McMonigle is an attorney and member of the Energy Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars. He is also a member of the National Press Club.