Regional & State Government Affairs Committee

In addition to monitoring legislation at the federal level, WQA stays on top of legislation being considered in various states across the country. The Regional & State Government Affairs Committee:

Deciphers confusing state legislation, and provides guidance for the membership. For example, Government Affairs efforts passed legislation to create a specialty license in Colorado.  Additionally, the Regulatory Info Search Database houses current legislation and regulations. 

Provides recommendations on the association’s advocacy agenda. Specific recommendations have included WQA participate on regional & state coalitions, partner with other organizations, and target specific states and state agencies. 

Keeps membership informed on proposed state legislation and regulations. Provides monthly updates and Year-end reviews of the governmental landscape. 

Watch a video replay of the Joint Federal & State and Regional Government Affairs Committee meeting held online during the 2020 Mid-Year Leadership Conference. Watch here (requires Member log-in).

Committee Charges:

  1. Manage the efforts of WQA with respect to any legislative or regulatory matters that impact the industry
  2. Coordinate with the Water Science Committee with respect to the development of standards and with respect to the development of WQA positions on issues that required scientific input
  3. Provide semi-annual reports to the Board of Governors

What We Are Looking For:

  • WQA member individuals representing all categories (e.g. manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, allied) and sectors (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Passion for governmental advocacy with a willingness to participate in legislative outreach events

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Experience addressing local and state regulatory issues and reviewing draft legislation or rules, but not required
  • General knowledge of technical issues affecting our industry
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Relationship building - meeting with government officials and joining coalitions

Frequency of Meetings: 

  • In Person Meetings: WQA Convention & Exposition, WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  • Conference Call: as needed

Staff Liaison: Global Government Affairs Director David Loveday

​Visit wqa.org/volunteer for information on signing up to serve on a WQA committee or advisory council.

Committee Roster

NameCompany NameRole
Robert W. BoernerCulligan Of San AntonioChairperson
J. Christopher LaytonChris Layton Water ConsultingMember - 1st Term
Bradley Duke RawlsPentair Filtration SolutionsMember - 1st Term
Jenny Lea HillWatts Water TechnologiesMember - 1st Term
Kent F. NicholsKX Technologies LLCMember - 1st Term
Paul HurlbutProfessional Water Systems, Inc.Member - 1st Term
Jeremiah SchmidtPUR Water Filtration Products (Kaz USA, Inc)Member - 1st Term
Christopher BirdParagon Water SystemsMember - 1st Term
Scott SchiesserDriessen Water, Inc.Member - 1st Term
Ed RobakowskiKinetico IncorporatedMember - 1st Term
J. Christopher LaytonChris Layton Water ConsultingMember - 2nd Term
David Duane DunkAquaGuidance, Inc.Member - 2nd Term
Frank A. Brigano, PhDBrigano Consulting LLCNon-Voting Member
Michael John SebringSebring OperationsNon-Voting Member
Jordan KariWater Quality AssociationStaff Admin
Jeremy PollackWater Quality AssociationStaff Liaison
Thomas J. BruursemaWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
Kathleen BurbidgeWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
Douglas Ridgaway WorkmanLiberty Pure Solutions Inc.Vice Chairperson