AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy Announces Plans to Retire in February 2019

News Release March 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. - American Gas Association (AGA) President and CEO Dave McCurdy released the following statement today: 

“Growing up in Oklahoma, natural gas was a part of the fabric of our community. I saw, firsthand, how our energy choices affect families, businesses and our nation. I am gratified that during my career, we have moved from an era of scarcity to a time of natural gas abundance which has helped us achieve our national goals of boosting our economy, enhancing our security and protecting our environment. I am optimistic about the future of the United States as we continue to benefit from our energy advantage.

“It is an honor and a privilege to lead the American Gas Association and to represent the men and women that deliver natural gas safely and reliably to homes and businesses. In my time here, we have helped the United States take its rightful place as a leader in the global natural gas industry, made significant commitments to the safety and security of our communities and delivered unparalleled value to our members. I could not be more proud of this organization and the companies and leaders we represent.

“I plan to retire from the American Gas Association in February 2019. I am confident that I will be leaving this organization better than I found it, with a positive, results-oriented culture and staff that a new leader will be able to rely on as they build for the future. One of the principle reasons I joined AGA in 2011 was to work closely with the outstanding leaders of the natural gas sector in a time of significant change and it has been a joy. The AGA Board of Directors will begin its search for the new President and CEO shortly.

“While there will be a good deal of focus on this search in the coming months, I will continue to be focused on the task at hand, representing natural gas utilities in Washington, DC and promoting the critical role of natural gas as a foundation fuel for our nation. This includes hosting the World Gas Conference in June when more than 12,000 people will come to our nation’s capital from all over the world to participate in the premiere international natural gas event. I look forward to the opportunity to showcase America’s natural gas industry on the global stage.”

McCurdy joined AGA after four years as president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers where he was instrumental in developing the national program to increase fuel economy. Before that, McCurdy spent eight years as president and CEO of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA). From 1981 until 1995, Dave McCurdy served in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Member from the Fourth Congressional District of Oklahoma. He attained numerous leadership positions, including Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. McCurdy serves on the boards of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and is a Vice President of The Economic Club of Washington D.C. He serves on the corporate board of LMI, headquartered in Tyson’s Virginia.


The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 73 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 69 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.