A former journalist who has been doing research for business interests, particularly on oil-and-gas issues, is joining the Common Sense Policy Roundtable think tank.
Simon Lomax was named its energy resources fellow this week. He previously was the research fellow for Vital for Colorado, an energy-focused statewide business coalition.
He was an associate energy policy analyst with the conservative Independence Institute in Denver in 2016.
Lomax continues to work as a policy adviser to EIS Solutions, the strategic communications firm most often linked to high-profile Republican candidates and conservative causes.
A prolific writer on government and public affairs, Lomax has penned op-ed columns for a variety of news outlets, including as a Colorado Politics.
The Common Sense Policy Roundtable is a nonprofit that provides research on the impact of government policies on communities, and particularly Colorado businesses.
“We look forward to amplifying our research in the area of energy policy and welcome Simon’s expertise,” said Kristin Strohm, president and CEO of the roundtable, in a statement.
Lomax is a veteran of more than 20 years in journalism, starting as a research assistant at the Queensland Department of Transportation in Brisbane, Australia, before working for newspapers, trade publications, and financial newswires in Australia, the U.S.'s Deep South, and in Washington, D.C.
Lomax was an American Political Science Association congressional fellow in 2006-2007, where he worked on climate change legislation on Capitol Hill.
Becoming a U.S. citizen in 2008, Lomax worked for Argus Media and Bloomberg News during President Obama's first term and in 2012 began to work in public affairs.
Lomax is a former managing director of the global business advisory firm FTI Consulting, and a research director for Energy In Depth, a program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.