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Rick Muncrief   Chairman

Rick Muncrief is the chairman and CEO of WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) where he has overseen an $8 billion transformation of the company’s portfolio. This includes WPX’s 2015 entry into the Permian Basin through the acquisition of RKI Exploration & Production.

Rick has 37 years of experience in upstream and midstream, including prior roles at Continental Resources, ConocoPhillips, Burlington Resources and their predecessors. In 2017, Oil & Gas Investor named Rick as the industry Executive of the Year citing the success of WPX’s turnaround.

He was vocal in the fight to lift the crude oil export ban, testifying before the Senate Banking Committee in 2015. He also has appeared on CNBC with Brian Sullivan and Jim Cramer. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering technology from Oklahoma State University. He paid for college by working on rigs during summers, weekends and on holidays.

Personally, Rick is third-generation oil and gas. His grandfather worked on work-over rigs. His father spent his career in pipeline, compressor and plant construction. And now, Rick’s two children are following in his footsteps. Both work in the industry.


V. Bruce Thompson

V. Bruce Thompson   President

Bruce Thompson is President of the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC) whose membership is composed of 31 of America’s premier independent natural gas and oil exploration and production companies.  Bruce joined AXPC after serving as founder and principal of CapeDC Advisors, LLC, a private lobbying and business advisory firm with clients operating primarily in the energy, water management, environmental, health and defense sectors.

Prior to founding CapeDC Advisors, Bruce served in senior management as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of two NYSE-listed independent exploration and production companies, Forest Oil Corporation and SandRidge Energy, Inc. He has testified before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on issues relating to natural gas supply and pricing. He also has extensive international transactional and government affairs experience, having represented clients in dealing with various national and provincial governments in South Africa as well as in transactions in the UK, Italy and Canada.

Bruce has been a Senior Counsel for the firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in the firm’s Washington, DC office.  He has also served as Chief of Staff for Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) when the Senator was in the House of Representatives and was a member of the US Senate Budget Committee staff.

Bruce earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

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AXPC 2016 Presidential Transition Briefing Papers
Industry Reports Oil and Natural Gas Industry - The Economy and the Environment
Industry Reports Regulation by Consent Decree
Industry Reports Critical Tax Provision
Industry Reports Avalanche of Federal Regulations
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16 Aug 2017 - AXPC Supports the President's Executive Order Cutting Permitting Delays on Infrastructure Projects
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Industry Reports AXPC Letter to the Senate Committee on Finance Re: Comments on Proposed Reforms to Cost Recovery Provisions
Industry Reports AXPC Comments on Senate Finance Committee's Proposal to Increase Taxes on Independent Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Companies
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Natural Gas: Helping to Ensure Our Energy Future
Upcoming Events
Public Events May 22-23, 2018 - AXPC Board of Directors Meeting and Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
Public Events December 7, 2018 - AXPC Board of Directors Meeting and Winter Meeting in Houston, TX
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V. Bruce Thompson,
American Exploration & Production Council
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 7205
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 347-7578

E-mail: Info@axpc.us

Melanie Reingardt,
Executive Assistant
American Exploration & Production Council
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 7205
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 347-7578

E-mail: MReingardt@axpc.us