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New Mexican picked to lead FERC

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has nominated Norman Bay, a former U.S. Attorney in New Mexico and University of New Mexico School of Law professor, to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

NORMAN BAY 1-31-14FERC is a five-member commission that regulates interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. Bay has served as the director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC since 2009.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., praised Bay’s nomination, saying: “I am confident that Norman will do a fine job, and that his experience and expertise have prepared him to meet the challenges that come with this important post.”

Prior to joining FERC, Bay worked as a law professor at UNM from 2002-09, teaching criminal law, international criminal law, evidence, introduction to constitutional law and national security law.

After five years of prosecuting violent crimes in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Albuquerque, President Bill Clinton nominated him to be a U.S. Attorney, a position he held in New Mexico from 2000-01. He became the first Chinese-American ever to be named to that post.

Bay was serving in that position when Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear weapons scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, agreed to a negotiated plea deal after being accused of mishandling classified materials. After serving nine months in jail, Lee pleaded guilty to one of 59 counts and was freed.

Bay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.