Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities
Chip Kline is the Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities and Chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board. In this position Kline is responsible for coordinating and focusing the functions of all state agencies as they relate to integrated coastal protection. Since 2008, Kline has overseen the implementation of all policy matters related to Louisiana’s coastal program and has managed the day to day operations of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities.
Kline has been integral in advancing the objectives of the State’s Coastal Master Plan. Throughout his career he has partnered with Louisiana’s Congressional delegation and Federal agencies to advance federal policies supportive of Louisiana’s coast, as well as the Louisiana Legislature for state-centered policy actions. Some of the major initiatives Kline has been involved in have been policy initiatives for permitting efficiencies associated with hurricane protection and coastal restoration projects, issues related to the engineering, design and implementation of the mid-basin sediment diversions, strategy and negotiations related to the RESTORE Act, efforts to increase the Federal revenues coming to Louisiana through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, as well as the successful passage of CPRA’s Master and Annual Plans and other legislation through the Louisiana State Legislature.
Kline represents the governor on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation, the Louisiana State Mineral & Energy Board, and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.