President Donald Trump announced last week his intention to nominate Kevin McIntyre as chairman of FERC. McIntyre's first term would expire in June, 2018, but the White House said he would get another one to take him through June 2023.
McIntyre was widely rumored to be getting the top job at FERC before the pick was announced. Along with the two nominees waiting for Senate floor votes – Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner Robert Poweslon and Senate Staffer Neil Chaterjee who passed the Senate vote (PMT, June-7) – and Democrat Senate Staffer Rich Glick who was nominated more recently (PMT, June-30), McIntyre would give FERC a full compliment of commissioners for the first time since October, 2015, when Philip Moeller left.
McIntyre is the co-leader of the global energy practice at the law firm Jones Day where has practiced law for most of a nearly 30-year legal career. He completed his undergraduate studies at San Diego State University and got his juris doctorate from Georgetown Law.
His career included an expansive FERC practice that has represented clients in all industry sectors including power, hydropower, natural gas and oil, the White House said. McIntyre worked in administrative and appellate litigation, compliance and enforcement matters and corporate transactions.
The White House has to officially send the nomination to the Senate for the confirmation process to get started. McIntyre could likely be paired with Glick for hearings, as the latter has not moved in the committee process yet.
It is unclear when the Senate will confirm the pending nominees, but the likelihood that it will be done this summer grew after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, announced a delay to the August recess to deal with health care and approve more nominees.
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