Hoeven: Tony Clark Approved by Senate Energy Committee for FERC Appointment

Clark Nomination Goes to Full Senate for Confirmation

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark has been approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for appointment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hoeven, a member of the committee, has been working to secure and gain approval for Clark’s nomination, which now goes to the full Senate for approval.

“Tony Clark is one step closer to a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he will provide real leadership and knowledge on energy issues,” said Hoeven. “Tony has a strong background due to his work in North Dakota and as a leader of a national energy regulatory organization. He is the right person for this position and will provide valuable insights and expertise to the FERC. The Senate should move quickly to confirm him to the commission.”

Last month, Hoeven introduced Clark at an Energy Committee hearing and said his work as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner and as chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) provides the necessary background for service on the FERC. The FERC is an independent agency responsible for regulating the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil.

While serving as governor, Hoeven worked closely with Clark. As senator, Hoeven recommended him to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who nominated Clark for the Administration’s consideration. The Administration submitted Clark’s nomination for the FERC position in January.

Clark was elected to his position with the North Dakota Public Service Commission in 2000, and re-elected in 2006. As commissioner, Clark has been active in state and regional efforts to develop North Dakota’s energy exporting potential and provide affordable, reliable energy to consumers. From November 2010 to November 2011, Clark served a one-year term as president of the NARUC, where he led the association on matters important to the regulatory community and utility consumers while working with state and federal lawmakers and key stakeholders. Before his work as North Dakota’s public service commissioner, Clark served in the state legislature for four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, and a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.