FERC on Jan. 3 announced “the passing of Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre,” who, in an Oct. 22, 2018, letter to President Donald Trump cited “a more serious health setback” that he had experienced, and proposed to step aside from his position of chairman in an effort to commit himself fully to his “work as commissioner, while undergoing the treatment necessary to address my health issues.”
McIntyre noted in his October 2018 letter that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in summer 2017. After surgery and subsequent treatment, he “was able to hit the ground running as chairman and commissioner upon taking office in December” 2017, he said in the letter.
According to a White House statement issued on Oct. 24, 2018, Trump designated Neil Chatterjee to be chair of FERC.
As noted in FERC’s Jan. 3 statement, McIntyre joined the commission as chairman on Dec. 7, 2017. He served as chairman until Oct. 24, 2018, after having spearheaded such initiatives as a proceeding on resilience of the wholesale electricity grid, an inquiry into whether to revise FERC’s pipeline certification process, and an agreement with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to coordinate the siting and safety review of FERC-jurisdictional LNG facilities, FERC said.
Prior to joining the commission, McIntyre was the co-leader of the global Energy Practice at the law firm Jones Day, where he practiced law for most of his nearly 30-year legal career, FERC said.
McIntyre graduated from San Diego State University and Georgetown Law, FERC said, adding that he and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Lizzie, Tommy, and Annie.
In a separate statement posted on FERC’s website, Jennifer, Lizzie, Tommy, and Annie McIntyre said: “We would like to thank Chairman Chatterjee, all the FERC Commissioners, and the entire FERC family for their hard work every day for the American people, and for their faithful support of Kevin during his time at the Commission, especially in the last few months. We particularly would like to thank Kevin’s immediate team – Anthony Pugliese, Martin Kirkwood, Elizabeth Glenn, Angela Amos, Carolyn Clarkin, Nicholas Gladd, Laura Swett, and Michelle Brown – for all their love, dedication, and support.”
The family added: “Kevin often said that being Chairman of FERC was his ‘dream job’ – he truly loved and believed in the agency, its mission, and its people. He was always energized by the challenge of leading the agency ‘full steam ahead,’ even when his health faltered. His commitment to his duty, and his faith in the FERC team, never wavered. We will always be grateful for the opportunity, however brief, that Kevin had to serve our country as FERC Chairman.”
In a separate Jan. 3 statement, Chatterjee said: “Today is a deeply sad day for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and for all those who had the pleasure of knowing Kevin McIntyre both personally and professionally. During his tenure at the Commission, Kevin exhibited strong leadership and an unmatched knowledge of energy policy and the rule of law. He exemplified what it means to be a true public servant each and every day, no matter the challenges that lie ahead of him.”
He continued: “In the face of adversity, Kevin’s dedicated faith, devotion to family and sharp wit never faltered. His unwavering strength was – and will continue to be – an inspiration to us all. I will miss the wise guidance of my colleague, the dear camaraderie of my good friend and the frequent banter with my fellow sports fanatic, Kevin. My wife Rebecca and I send prayers for comfort to his wife, Jenny, and three children, Lizzie, Tommy and Annie at this immensely difficult time.”
Separately on Jan. 3, FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur said: “This is a very sad day at FERC as we have lost a dear friend, colleague, and leader. I believe that FERC was very fortunate to have Kevin McIntyre at the helm for as long as he was, and I was honored to serve with him. I particularly appreciated his keen legal judgment, unstinting commitment to the rule of law, and deep concern for the organization even in the face of his personal struggles. On a personal level, I appreciated his warm collegiality and ready Irish wit, and was frequently charmed by his Catholic school vocabulary.”
She continued: “My thoughts and prayers are with Jenny, his children, and all his family during this time. Rest in peace, my friend.”
In another Jan. 3 statement, Commissioner Richard Glick said: “I am deeply saddened by today’s news. I first got to know Chairman Kevin McIntyre while we were both going through the Senate confirmation process. It did not take long to recognize that Kevin was a man of great intellect and principle. He brought both qualities to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where, as Chair, he guided the Commission to bipartisan consensus during a particularly tumultuous time.”
He continued: “But there was much more to Kevin than being a FERC Chairman. He was extremely kind and witty. I most enjoyed our conversations about our respective lives. Kevin often spoke glowingly about his wife Jenny and their three wonderful children – Lizzie, Tommy and Annie – and never failed to inquire about my family. We are all going to miss Kevin very much.”
In a separate Jan. 3 statement, FERC Commissioner Bernard McNamee, who, as noted on FERC’s website, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 6, 2018, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chairman Kevin McIntyre. Chairman McIntyre had a profound impact on energy policy as a public servant and in private practice. He was much loved by his family, friends and colleagues. My condolences and prayers for the entire McIntyre family.”