ND regulator Clark confirmed for federal board

Tony Clark, the chairman of North Dakota’s Public Service Commission, won U.S. Senate confirmation late Thursday for a spot on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Washington agency oversees the nation’s electric transmission network and interstate oil and natural gas pipelines. Clark fills an opening on the five-member panel that is reserved for a Republican.

Clark said he would resign his Public Service Commission spot after he is sworn in to his new job, which he said could happen within a few weeks.

“Having the opportunity to have an impact on a national stage in an (energy) area that I think is just tremendously important for the economy of our country, and for American consumers, is very exciting,” Clark said.

Clark, 40, was first elected to the Public Service Commission in 2000. He is a former state House member from Fargo and once served as North Dakota’s labor commissioner.

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