Mike Sommers

American Petroleum Institute (API)

President & CEO

Mike Sommers is the 15th Chief Executive Officer of the American Petroleum Institute (API) since its founding 101 years ago. API is the largest national trade association representing all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Before being named APl’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sommers led the American Investment Council, a trade association representing many of the nation’s leading private equity and growth capital firms and other business partners. He spent two decades in staff leadership roles in the US House of Representatives and the White House, including Chief of Staff for Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush at the National Economic Council. Mr. Sommers has been instrumental in crafting landmark legislation, including leading efforts to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program through Congress, brokering a resolution between the administration and Congress ahead of the fiscal cliff in 2013, and leading efforts to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 and trade promotion authority in 2015. Mr. Sommers is a graduate of the honors program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Medal—the highest honor given to an undergraduate.