Trump taps former McConnell aide to head Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
President Trump on Thursday tapped a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
In a statement, the president cited Neil Chatterjee’s past work in the Senate and with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in qualifying him for the post.
“Mr. Chatterjee has played an integral role in the passage of all major energy, highway, and farm policies,” the president said.
Mr. Chatterjee was approved by the Senate last week as a commissioner before Thursday’s appointment as chairman. Those appointments restored a quorum of commissioners at FERC, which lawmakers said was desperately needed.
The absence of a quorum had left a number of projects in regulatory limbo.