With Matheson appointment, NRECA again has a permanent CEO

With its June 13 announcement that former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) has been named CEO, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) again has a new leader.

NRECA announced that its board had selected to serve as NRECA’s 6th CEO. Matheson will succeed another former member of Congress Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), who was stricken by a severe illness in August of last year. 

Emerson had joined NRECA as its CEO in March 2013.

Matheson will join the association and assume his duties as CEO in July. In November, the NRECA board had named then-COO Jeffrey Connor to serve as interim COO. Prior to joining NRECA, Connor had served as communications director and chief of staff to Emerson while she was in Congress.

Emerson had suffered a brain hemorrhage while traveling with her family in Italy. She was subsequently transported back to the United States for recuperation.

Matheson currently serves as principal, public policy practice for Squire Patton Boggs, a large well-respected international law firm based in Washington, D.C.  During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 2001 to 2015, he served as a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.


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