BISMARCK – Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to headline a major oil conference in Bismarck next month.
The North Dakota Petroleum Council announced on Monday April 12 that Pompeo would speak on May 13, the final day of the trade group’s Williston Basin Petroleum conference. Pompeo, who previously headed the CIA and was a Kansas Republican Congressman, worked as chairman of an oil services company before entering national politics.
Former Republican President Donald Trump appointed Pompeo as the country’s foreign policy director in 2018 and he remains popular with loyal Trump supporters. According to widespread rumor, he was considering a presidential bid in 2024, Pompeo is a controversial figure nationwide, taking heat from Democrats and political observers for failing to acknowledge that Trump lost his reelection bid. ‘last year.
“(Pompeo) has energy experience and understands the important role our national energy industry plays in supporting our national security,” said Ron Ness, Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to hearing an encouraging message about the value of US energy to the world.”
More than 70 speakers will speak during the three-day conference, including executives from oil giant ConocoPhillips and pipeline operator Dakota Access Energy Transfer, according to a press release from the council.
North Dakota is the second largest oil producer in the country after Texas, and the industry is a major employer and economic boon in the western part of the state.