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Forum staff reports, Published April 27 2012

Clark’s FERC nomination advances to full Senate

WASHINGTON – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved the nomination of North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark to a federal regulatory board.

The Senate committee’s approval sends Clark’s nomination to the full Senate for confirmation, the final hurdle before Clark could join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, a member of the energy committee, has supported Clark’s nomination to the federal post. He urged his colleagues Thursday to act swiftly on Clark’s confirmation.

“He is the right person for this position and will provide valuable insights and expertise to the FERC,” Hoeven said in a statement.

Clark was nominated for the vacancy by President Barack Obama earlier this year, and he testified last month before the Senate energy committee.