Trump Names Energy Lawyer McIntyre as FERC Chair

By Michael Brooks, RTO Insider.

The White House on Thursday announced that President Trump intends to nominate lawyer Kevin McIntyre as chairman of FERC.

The coleader of Jones Day’s energy practice in D.C., McIntyre has representedenergy companies in litigation, compliance and enforcement matters and corporate transactions.

McIntyre, who has been rumored for months as Trump’s choice for the chair, would join more than a dozen other Jones Day alumni in the administration, including White House Counsel Don McGahn, a former Jones Day partner. Trump’s campaign reportedly has paid the firm $3.3 million in legal fees since 2015.

The White House said Trump will ask the Senate to confirm McIntyre for the remainder of former Chair Norman Bay’s term, which ends in 2018, and a full term ending in 2023.

McIntyre’s naming would fill the third Republican vacancy on the five-member commission, which could soon be restored to full strength.