Norman Bay, a former U.S. Attorney in New Mexico and University of New Mexico School of Law professor, won support from a key Senate panel today in his bid to become head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but not without some significant objections from committee members.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-9 to approve President Obama’s nomination of Bay to the powerful regulatory post.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s ranking Republican, said Bay doesn’t have enough regulatory experience to do the job. Some members of the committee, including Murkowski, suggested that Cheryl LaFleur, currently the acting chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, would be a better choice for the job.
“I want to make sure that whoever is chairing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission knows their stuff,” Murkowski said. “We need the best of the best of the best.”