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James A. Sartucci

Government Affairs Counselor
+1.202.778.9374
Fax +1.202.778.9100

Mr. Sartucci, a government affairs counselor in K&L Gates’ Washington, DC office, has over 13 years of practical experience on Capitol Hill working inside the legislative process on issues including  maritime, Coast Guard, homeland security, transportation, oceans, fisheries and science programs and policy.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Sartucci spent nine years working for Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) where he served as Legislative Director.  He has considerable experience in the areas of tax, land and water infrastructure, appropriations, disaster, offshore energy, environmental, and telecommunications policy.   Mr. Sartucci’s experience includes involvement in the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2000 and 2004-2007 (maritime title), SAFE Port Act of 2006, Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006, Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, Energy Policy Act of 2005, NASA Authorization Act of 2005, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Security Acts of 2004 and 2006, JOBS Act of 2004, Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, National Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism Act of 2002, Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, Air Transportation Safety and Stabilization Act of 2001, Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, and the Satellite Home Viewer Improvements Act of 1999.

Mr. Sartucci also served as a Professional Staff Member and Coast Guard Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation where he was involved in merchant marine and maritime issues and legislation and supported Coast Guard, oceans, and fisheries legislation.  During this time, he was involved in the enactment of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, Coast Guard Authorization Acts of 1998 and 1996, Maritime Security Act of 1996, the Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996, and the National Invasive Species Act.

Prior to his work with the U.S. Senate, Mr. Sartucci spent 17 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard, holding a variety of operational and staff assignments during that time, including six years of sea duty.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America Troop 773, Potomac, MD

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Elections’ Wake…Opportunities and Challenges in a New Washington,” Great Lakes Waterways Conference, February 14, 2017
  • Panel moderator, “Vessel Design,” Regulation, Policy and Technology: Next Steps, sponsored by LNG as Fuel, January 29, 2014
  • "Navigating Waterways Policy in the 113th Congress," 2013 Legislative Summit, March 13, 2013 
  • "2012 Election Analysis," National Waterways Conference monthly meeting, Washington, DC, November 15, 2012 
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      Maritime
      • Assisted offshore supply vessel operators in enacting changes in law and Coast Guard regulations and policy concerning limits on the size and operations of offshore supply vessels and their crews.
      • Assisted a maritime trade association enact legislation to require that the full amount of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund revenues be spent each year for currently authorized purposes and that the Great Lakes navigation projects be considered as an interdependent system.
      • Assisted a major cruise line on compliance and enforcement of coastwise passenger trade laws and regulations.
      • Counseled a major tanker operator regarding litigation and legislation concerning limits on foreign rebuilding of coastwise trade eligible vessels.
      • Assisting a major tanker operator with tax legislation to support increased investment in U.S. flag vessels.
      • Assisting a major tanker operator with expediting the processing of federal loan guarantee applications.
      • Assisted a major port authority through the Federal NEPA process and bridge permitting process.
      • Assisted towing vessel operators with Mississippi River and Water Resources Development Act legislation.
      • Advised maritime terminal operator regarding federal navigation channel maintenance concern.
      • Counseled a commercial marine supplier regarding a U.S. Coast Guard marine casualty investigation.
      • Assisting a maritime pilot association with amending vessel speed regulations to address navigation safety concerns.
      • Assisting an LNG export project with LNG export policy legislation and federal navigation channel maintenance concerns.
      • Assisting a group of potential responsible parties with a federal navigation channel dredging responsibility concern.
      • Assisting State maritime academies with U.S. Coast Guard mariner training requirements.
      • Assisting a vessel operators obtain a correction of a vessel construction date.
      Transportation
      • Assisting commercial aviation transportation companies obtain Department of Transportation enforcement of U.S. ownership and control requirements.
      • Assisting a transit benefit service company with ensuring federal agency compliance with tax laws and regulations.
      • Assisted an Alaska Native Corporation with obtaining ferry service for its region.
      • Assisted a Class I railroad with a border security issue.
      Oceans and Fisheries
      • Representing a major environmental organization on efforts to improve fisheries management and conservation provisions, including specifically the implementation of catch share programs.
      • Assisting environmental and commercial fishing interests in defeating legislative initiatives in appropriations and authorizing bills that could result in overfishing or overcapitalizing in U.S. fisheries.
      • Providing policy and political advice to fishermen and environmental organizations regarding fisheries management and conservation measures, including specifically measures contained in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
      • Assisted an Alaska native corporation comment on proposed critical habitat designation for an endangered species.
      • Advised non-governmental organizations on oceans policy activities and federal election outcome impacts.
      Defense and Homeland Security
      • Counseled a U.S. river terminal operator on the process for obtaining a security requirements waiver regarding the handling of certain cargoes.
      • Counseled a U.S. terminal operator on U.S. Coast Guard facility security requirements.
      • Counseled a lifesaving equipment component manufacturer regarding U.S. Coast Guard certification requirements.
      • Counseled a commercial shipyard regarding U.S. Coast Guard acquisition and cutter repair programs.
      • Counseling commercial clients regarding U.S. Coast Guard ballast water treatment regulations and policies.
      Federal Funding
      • Assisted a maritime trade association win a House of Representatives floor vote approving an amendment to fully fund the authorized Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending level.
      • Represented a biomedical company in seeking federal funding for infectious disease diagnostic tools.
      • Represented a government contractor in seeking federal funding for a biological agent detection system.
      • Assisted an Alaska Native Corporation with obtaining increased funding for Alaska Native wildlife habitat enhancement projects.
      • Assisted a commercial entity with federal business development regarding data center cooling systems.
      • Assisting an Ivy League university seeking federal funding for an infrastructure project.
      • Assisted a property owner expedite FEMA payments for natural disaster damage.