FERC Commissioner Norris resigns to accept another post

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) member John Norris has resigned as a commissioner in order to take a position working in Rome, he announced Aug. 7.

Norris said that his resignation will be effective Aug. 20. Norris was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. He was reconfirmed by the Senate in 2012 for a full-term expiring in June 2017.

“Earlier today, I submitted my letter of resignation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to President Obama,” Norris said in a statement.

“It has been a great honor to serve with all the exceptional professionals and public servants who make up the FERC family and so many dedicated energy stakeholders in the public and private sectors. I want to say a special thank you to the incredible personal staff I have had throughout my tenure on the Commission.”

“I have a tremendous opportunity to continue in public service as the Minister-Counselor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Rome, Italy,” Norris went on to say.

Other FERC members include the recently-confirmed Norman Bay; the recently reconfirmed Cheryl A. LaFleur; along with Philip Moeller and Tony Clark.

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