Kevin J. McIntyre stepped down from his role as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 22, citing health issues potentially related to his previously diagnosed brain tumor. And on Oct. 24, U.S. President Donald J. Trump designated Neil Chatterjee as his replacement.
In a letter to the president, McIntyre said he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the summer of 2017 and underwent surgery and subsequent treatment before taking office as FERC Chairman and Commissioner in December 2017. However, he faced health challenges during his short tenure, including compression fractures in multiple vertebrae and, more recently “a more serious health setback.”
In his letter, McIntyre said he would “step aside from the position of Chairman and its additional duties so that I can commit myself fully to my work as Commissioner, while undergoing the treatment necessary to address my health issues.”
After his appointment, Chatterjee issued a statement:
“It is with a heavy heart that I step into this role while my friend and colleague, Kevin McIntyre, focuses on what’s most important: his recovery and his family. I am confident that the Commission will continue to benefit from his consummate knowledge of the law and of energy policy through his service as Commissioner. On behalf of the entire FERC community, I wish Kevin and the McIntyre family continued strength and resolve at this challenging time.
“As Chairman, Kevin has demonstrated steadfast leadership on the many significant issues that have come before us. Although this is a difficult period for the Commission, I want to assure my fellow Commissioners, staff within the building and stakeholders outside it, that it’s my full intention to build upon Kevin’s hard work. But above all, I look forward to the day when my friend is back at full capacity.”
McIntyre was confirmed as a FERC commissioner in November 2017 and named chairman. His term ends June 2023.
Chatterjee was confirmed in August 2017, with a term that expires in June 2021.