Roger Berliner

County Executive


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Biography

Roger has called Montgomery County home for over 28 years. He came for some of the same reasons many have flocked to Montgomery County – great residential neighborhoods, excellent schools, a welcoming and politically progressive community, access to nature, and close proximity to good jobs.

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Goal

Accomplished leader seeks to serve as Montgomery County’s next County Executive

Executive Profile

Extensive experience at every level of government –county, state legislature, both houses of Congress and the Executive Branch — including having served as a County Councilmember for the past 11 plus years representing 200,000 residents from the DC line to the Fredrick County line.

Councilmember Berliner served as President or Vice President of the County Council for 5 out of the last 11 years, Chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).

Key Functional Strengths

  • Creative Strategizing & Synthesizing
  • Coalition Building
  • Collaborative Leading
  • Effective Communicator
  • Entrepreneurial

Recent Accomplishments

LEGISLATIVE: Principal author of the “Berliner-Feldman” bill, the Maryland Electric Service Quality Reliability Act, a law that required electric reliability standards and resulted in our lights staying on; author of more than two dozen environmental measures that earned him the endorsement of the Sierra Club; author of legislation that resulted in the first Montgomery County strategic plan to address hunger; lead sponsor on legislation that ended the number one consumer complaint in the county, predatory towing; leader of the region’s efforts to pass legislation providing dedicated funding for Metro.

LEGAL: Lead counsel for Nevada Power Company & Sierra Pacific Power Company on successful briefs to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County v. FERC; briefed United States Supreme Court in Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. v. Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish; counsel for the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce before the Federal Housing Financing Authority in PACE rulemaking; drafter of Sec. 1270 of the Energy Policy Act and its legislative history, a provision that prevented Enron from collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in “termination” payments from defrauded customers.

Professional Experience

COUNCILMEMBER, Montgomery County Council, Maryland (2006-present)

Represent 200,000 residents of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac Maryland on the Montgomery County Council. President of the Council, 2012; Vice President, 2011, 2009; Chairman, Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment.

PRESIDENT, Berliner Law PLLC

Specializing in the representation of energy interests and local governments before federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, federal and state agencies, and the United States Congress. Representative clients include Sierra Pacific Resources, Comverge, and the County of Los Angeles.

PARTNER, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (2003-2005)

specializing in energy representation before FERC, the California Public Utilities Commission, and federal courts.

MANAGING PARTNER, Berliner, Candon & Jimison (2000-2003)

A boutique firm that specialized in the representation of Canadian and U.S. energy interests and local governments before federal and state agencies, courts, and legislatures.

PRESIDENT, Brady & Berliner and Crossborder Services (1984-2000)

A boutique law and consulting firm that specialized in the representation and analysis of Canadian natural gas issues, U.S. energy interests and local governments before regulatory agencies, courts, and legislatures.

PRINCIPLE ENERGY CONSULTANT, California State Assembly, California State Legislature on utility and energy related issues. 1981 Senior Policy Advisor, Congressman Henry Waxman (1981-1983)

DIRECTOR OF CONGRESSIONAL LIAISON, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (1979-1980)

LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, Legislative Assistant, U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum (1976-1979)

LEGISLATIVE ANALYST, Democratic Study Group, U.S. House of Representatives (1974-1976)

SPECIAL ASSISTANT, Congressman Thomas A. Luken (Cincinnati, Ohio) (1974)

SPEECHWRITER, Congressman Nick Galifinakis (Raleigh, N.C.) (1972)

Education

JD, McGeorge School of Law (1983)

BA, Dartmouth College (1973)

Boards of Directors

  • Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board
  • Applied Solutions, NGO that promotes local government sustainable solutions
  • Washington Region Council of Governments
  • Search for Common Ground, the leading conflict resolution NGO in the world


Q&A

Find out what the County Executive Candidates Think About the 9% Property Tax Hike »

Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).

A: The Washington Post called me “progressive but pragmatic.” It is important to be both. I take progressive goals and work to align them with our county’s economic needs.

Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?

A: The biggest challenge we face is economic sustainability. Poverty is growing & our budget is unsustainable given current needs & revenues. We must grow our economy & increase the tax base.

Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?

A: I want to create a strong, thriving, competitive economy. I will do this by ensuring our urban nodes flourish, a business-friendly culture is created, & our quality of life is second to none.

Q: How will you pay for your project/program?

A: A strong, prosperous economy helps support placemaking & quality of life by increasing our tax base. Investing in our future pays dividends that benefit all.


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