February 2023, Vol. 250, No. 2


Associations in the News February 2023

Texas Pipeline Association Elects New Chairman 

Vincent DiCosimo, vice president of Government Affairs at Targa Resources, has been elected chairman of the Texas Pipeline Association (TPA), the largest state trade association in the United States that solely represents the interests of the intrastate pipeline network.


DiCosimo has served as an officer of Targa Resources since the acquisition of his company, Coast Energy Group LLC, in December of 2010. Prior to his current role, DiCosimo was senior vice president of Targa Petroleum Logistics. He previously served as founder and CEO of Coast Energy LLC, co-founder and CEO of PipeStem Energy Group, vice president of marketing for Enterprise Products Partners, founder and CEO of RedMeteor LLC and founder, CEO and executive vice president of Cornerstone Propane and Coast Energy Group. 

DiCosimo currently serves as a director of International Liquids Terminal Association, vice chairman of the Greater Houston Port Bureau and on the American Oil Pipeline Association Pipeline Leadership Committee.  He also serves as a director of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, the Texas Oil and Gas board and Targa’s state and federal PACs. He represents Targa on the Greater Houston Partnership, North Dakota Petroleum Council, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Petroleum Alliance.  

DiCosimo graduated with honors from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and attended the University of Houston for post graduate studies. 

API Names Lance West VP of Federal Government Relations 

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has named Lance West as its vice president of Federal Government Relations, where he will lead the organization’s engagement and advocacy with Congress and federal agencies.


Prior to joining API, West served as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) since 2019. Prior to that, he was deputy staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, where he provided oversight and legislative support for issues ranging from energy development, parks and public lands, water and the territories. West also previously directed federal affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association.  

He is graduate of Marshall University. 

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