Marathon official retiring

Patricia Richards, head of office for Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s federal government affairs, will retire July 1.

Jake Menefee, currently federal government affairs manager, will transition into his new role as head of office beginning Monday.

Richards “has been an invaluable asset in a variety of roles over the course of her career, most recently representing the interests of (Marathon) and its stakeholders in our nation’s capital,” said Gary Heminger, Marathon Petroleum chairman and chief executive officer.

“During her more than 30 years with Marathon, she accrued a deep knowledge of our industry, and her absence will undoubtedly be felt in the halls of Congress and with many organizations around D.C.,” Heminger said.

Prior to her role leading Marathon Petroleum’s Washington, D.C., office, Richards was director of federal government affairs for Marathon Oil Corp. She also served as a state governmental affairs representative for Marathon Oil in Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, and Indiana.

Menefee has served on Capitol Hill as a legislative director and deputy chief of staff for members on the House Financial Services Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

Prior to his time in Washington, Menefee spent a number of years working with the petroleum industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of Mississippi and earned his law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. He has been with Marathon Petroleum’s Washington, D.C., office for three years.


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