America’s Natural Gas Said to Name Durbin Nephew as CEO

Marty Durbin, the nephew of Richard Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is about to take over as chief executive officer of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The Washington-based alliance, which represents independent gas producers, will announce the choice tomorrow, the person said. Durbin has been executive vice president of government affairs for the American Petroleum Institute since December 2009. He’ll assume his new role on May 1, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the decision isn’t yet public.

Durbin takes over from Regina Hopper, who announced last month she was leaving the organization more than three years after it was founded. Durbin, whose uncle is the senior senator from Illinois, previously worked for the American Chemistry Council and Democratic Representative Rick Boucher of Virginia, according to his LinkedIn profile.

America’s Natural Gas Alliance members are some of the largest U.S. gas producers, including Chesapeake Energy Corp., Devon Energy Corp., Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp.’s XTO Energy subsidiary, according to its website.