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U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Danly as FERC commissioner

The U.S. Senate has confirmed James P. Danly (R-Tenn.) to become a commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Danly currently is FERC’s General Counsel and will serve the remainder of a term that expires June 30, 2023. That term belonged to Kevin J. McIntyre, who stepped down in October 2018 due to health issues and passed away in January 2019.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump originally nominated Danly in October 2019, although the nomination was allowed to lapse before a vote was taken. Trump sent Danly’s nomination back in front of the Senate last month.

“This is great news for FERC and for the country,” said FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee. “I have appreciated getting to know and work with James as my General Counsel, where he’s already proven to be an invaluable asset to the Commission. James has an exceptional ability to carefully and thoughtfully consider the legal and regulatory questions raised by matters before us, and I look forward to working alongside him as a fellow Commissioner.”

Danly joins Chatterjee and commissioners Richard Glick and Bernard McNamee. FERC now has three Republican and only one Democratic commissioner (Richard Glick). However, McNamee announced in January that he is leaving FERC. His term ends in June. Appointing Danly ensures FERC maintains a quorum, which is required to conduct business.

Before joining FERC, Danly was a member of the energy regulation and litigation group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. Prior to this, he served as law clerk to Judge Danny Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Danly was a managing director of the Institute for the Study of War, a military think tank in Washington, D.C., and served an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former U.S. Army officer and received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Danly earned his juris doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Yale University.