President Donald Trump appointed Neil Chatterjee as Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 10. Chatterjee, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, was an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prior to his appointment to the commission.
The U.S. Senate approved Chatterjee as a FERC commissioner on Aug. 3, along with Robert Powelson, restoring a quorum to the commission and allowing it to continue approving interstate natural gas pipelines, as well as other energy infrastructure projects.
Chatterjee has played an integral role in the passage of all major energy, highway and farm policies, while serving as McConnell’s advisor. Prior to that role, he worked as a principal in government relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and as an aide to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce. He began his career in Washington with the House Committee on Ways and Means. Chatterjee is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Chatterjee takes over for Cheryl LaFleur, who served as Acting Chairman from Jan. 23 to Aug. 10, will remain with FERC as a commissioner. She was first nominated to the commission by President Barack Obama in 2010 and was confirmed for a second term by the Senate in 2014. She was appointed Acting Chairman by President Donald Trump after the resignation of commissioner and chair Norman Bay.
Two other FERC nominees await approval from the Senate. Trump nominated Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre on Aug. 2. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 7 to review their nominations.
Richard Glick, of Virginia, was nominated for a term expiring June 30, 2022, replacing the seat that former commissioner Colette Honorable held, until her term expired June 30. Kevin McIntyre, also of Virginia, was nominated for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2018, which former commissioner Norman Bay held until he resigned Feb. 3. McIntyre was also nominated for reappointment for a term that will expire June 30, 2023.
Trump announced his intention to nominate Glick on June 28, and McIntyre has long been rumored as a possible nomination and potential chair of FERC.