Liz Craddock to lead IADC’s Washington, D.C. Office

Houston, Texas (29 April 2015) – Elizabeth “Liz” Leoty Craddock recently joined the International Association of Drilling Contractors as Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs, leading the association’s Washington, D.C. office.   Craddock most recently served as the first female Majority Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee under Chair Senator Mary Landrieu.    In this role, she oversaw the passage of the BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act and over 80 public lands bills.

“Liz was Staff Director one of the most bipartisan Committees on Capitol Hill and the one known for getting things accomplished.   We are excited to have such a thoughtful leader join our Washington, D.C. office to advocate for sensible legislative and regulatory policy in the U.S.,” said Taf Powell, IADC Executive Vice President, Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs.  “Liz will help IADC ensure that federal and state governments and other stakeholders are aware of the industry’s determination to operate reliably, to protect the environment and human safety, and to continue the impressive achievements of recent years.”

Craddock joined Senator Landrieu’s office in 2006, serving as Legislative Director and Counsel, coordinating the Senator’s legislative affairs, developing legislation on behalf of the Senator, and providing vote recommendations.  Liz was part of the Senator’s team that passed The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), which opened 8.3 million acres in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, as well as established revenue sharing for the Gulf energy producing states.   Prior to serving in Senator Landrieu’s office, Craddock worked for U.S. Congresswoman Karen Thurman and Congressman Dale Kildee. She also spent time during law school working for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Craddock received her B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida, and earned her J.D. from Tulane University Law School. She is a native of Delhi, Louisiana and a member of the District of Columbia bar.

About IADC

Since 1940, the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has exclusively represented the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry. IADC’s mission is to catalyze improved performance for the drilling industry by enhancing operational integrity and championing better regulation to facilitate safer, cleaner and more efficient drilling operations worldwide. For more information, visit the IADC website at