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Forum staff reports, Published March 21 2012

Senate hears Clark’s federal nomination

WASHINGTON – Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven wants a swift confirmation for state Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark, whose nomination to the federal energy board went before a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Hoeven said Clark is “an ideal candidate” for the open spot on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The vacancy on the bipartisan board must be filled by a Republican.

President Barack Obama nominated Clark for the position in January.

Clark, a former Fargo legislator and state labor commissioner, has served on North Dakota’s Public Service Commission since 2000. He isn’t seeking re-election to his seat this year.

Clark’s nearly 12-year tenure on the PSC has coincided with the surging oil boom in the western Oil Patch, as well as major advancements in wind energy, electric transmission lines, clean coal technology and biofuels.

“Having a hands-on experience in helping to regulate and shape energy policy during this period of rapid change has given me insights into both the opportunities and the challenges associated with energy development, and it’s this unique experience that I hope to bring to the commission, should I be confirmed,” Clark said.