The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) officially welcomed Connor Hamburg to its staff today as the Director of Government Affairs. In this role, Hamburg will focus on legislative and regulatory issues impacting the renewable fuel industry and rural America. "I am excited to join the RFA and look forward to advocating on behalf of the ethanol industry," said Hamburg. "Ethanol producers—and the farmers who supply them—face many important policy and regulatory challenges today, and I am eager to work with Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholders to expand the role of domestically produced renewable fuels in our nation's energy future." Hamburg got his start in Washington, D.C., as an intern for former Vice President Joe Biden, and served most recently as a Manager of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Prior to his tenure at NCGA, Hamburg worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.). He has also previously worked for former Congressman and current Delaware Gov. John Carney (D), as well as Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). Hamburg hails from Smyrna, Del., where members of his family have been growing corn, soybeans, and wheat for generations. "We are thrilled to welcome Connor to the RFA team," said Jessica Bennett, RFA Vice President of Government and External Affairs. "Connor brings valuable advocacy experience to the RFA and has a deep understanding of the critical issues facing rural America today. We know he will represent RFA's member companies and the entire ethanol industry effectively and energetically in the halls of Congress and at the agencies."