Why He Matters
Kuhn wears two hats in Washington. A leading energy lobbyist and president of one of the largest energy trade groups in the country, Kuhn is a leading voice on climate change and energy policy. It's a natural role for Kuhn, who has been involved in energy for most of his professional life. Before joining Edison, Kuhn led the energy section of an investment bank and headed the American Nuclear Energy Council.
But the Yale alum and former member of the Navy also has close ties to the Republican Party. In fact, Kuhn was roommates at Yale with former President George W. Bush. He has continued to play a lead role in the GOP through fundraising and by working behind-the-scenes to draft energy policy, access that has frustrated many environmentalists.