State Representative Jim Gooch chaired the Energy and Environmental Committee at the recent Southern Legislative Conference in Nashville.

When lawmakers from 15 states met in Nashville last week for the 75th Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), among the speakers for the day was Providence-native State Representative Jim Gooch, who chaired the Energy and Environment Committee at the conference.

As the nation’s largest regional gathering of state legislators, legislative staff and government officials, SLC allows elected officials the opportunity to discuss issues that each state is facing, and how they plan to address them.

“It was such an honor to represent our state and chair the SLC Energy and Environment Committee,” said Gooch. “Energy issues are critical to our state’s quality of life. Transportation, information technology, communication, and agriculture all depend on a variety of energy sources.”

The committee met to discuss the effects of new changes to the federal energy policy, particularly the impact on employment in the fossil fuel energy sector, and the security and resiliency of America’s energy grid due to cybersecurity threats, terrorism and natural disasters.

“Rep. Gooch’s leadership is a tremendous asset to our Commonwealth,” said Kentucky Speaker of the House David Osborne. “Due to his work in this field, Kentucky has the ninth lowest average retail electricity rates in the nation.”

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069