Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Patrick Reiten is senior vice president of government relations at Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Reiten is responsible for leading the national policy and legislative work of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a $91 billion portfolio of locally managed businesses that share a vision for a secure and sustainable energy future.
Reiten has extensive experience in executive leadership in the energy business. Prior to his current role, he was president and chief executive officer of PacifiCorp Transmission at PacifiCorp, a position he assumed in March 2015, managing the West’s largest single owned-and-operated transmission system. Prior to that role, Reiten was President and CEO of Pacific Power, an electric energy company serving about 750,000 customers in California, Oregon and Washington. He was appointed to that role in September 2006.
Before joining PacifiCorp, Reiten was president and chief executive officer of PNGC Power, a power generation and transmission cooperative located in Portland, Oregon. He was appointed to that position in May 2002 and was responsible for the overall operations of two corporate entities (PNGC Power and Power Resources Cooperative).
Prior to PNGC Power, Reiten served as an official in several different capacities at the U.S. Department of the Interior, including as deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He began his career in energy as an aide to U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, responsible for many issues, particularly those associated with the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Reiten has served in many director or board leadership roles. He is the co-chair of The Freshwater Trust; he also serves on the board of directors of Legacy Health System, Electric Transmission Texas LLC, American Council on Renewable Energy and the Oregon Community Foundation.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in economics from the University of Washington and completed executive training at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.