Grassley aide heads to biofuels group

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017

A longtime aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is headed to the National Biodiesel Board.

Kurt Kovarik, who has held various positions in Grassley’s office since 1997, will serve as the group’s vice president of federal affairs and lead the group’s Washington, D.C., office. He begins the week of Jan. 8.

“Kurt’s decades of experience in the United States Senate will serve us well as we navigate the federal policy issues that most affect our industry,” Donnell Rehagen, the group’s CEO, said in a statement this week.

Kovarik has been the legislative director for Grassley since January of this year. He formerly was a legislative assistant and a press intern for Iowa’s senior senator.

During his time with Grassley, Kovarik worked closely on biofuels issues, including helping negotiate the addition of biodiesel to the renewable fuel standard.