Sara R. Gonzalez-Rothi

Counsel, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Sara Gonzalez-Rothi serves as Counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction and oversight authority related to marine policy.  In that role, Sara works closely with staff of Committee members, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, nonprofit organizations, the academic community, and private companies.


Prior to her work on the Committee, Sara served as Senior Policy Specialist for Gulf and Coastal Restoration at the National Wildlife Federation, Interim Policy Chair of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition, and Legislative Counsel and Everglades Fellow in the Office of Senator Bill Nelson. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Sara worked with a team of Senate colleagues to draft and negotiate the RESTORE Act, which passed the legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2012 and ensures that federal fines resulting from the 2010 disaster are sent back to the Gulf Coast to restore its environment and economy.