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Commission Chairman applauds Senate confirmation of Suedeen Kelly to a full five-year term as Commissioner

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Pat Wood, III today applauded the Senate for voting over the weekend to confirm Suedeen G. Kelly to a full five-year term as Commissioner.

“The FERC family congratulates Commissioner Kelly on her November 21st reconfirmation by the Senate,” Chairman Wood said. Her new term of office expires June 30, 2009.

“I’m relieved that the suspense is over and truly excited to have the opportunity to continue serving the nation’s energy customers in this important role,” Commissioner Kelly said.

Prior to joining the Commission in December 2003, Commissioner Kelly was a Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she taught energy law, public utility regulation, administrative law and legislative process. She also worked with the law firm of Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk in Albuquerque from 2000 through 2003. In 2000, Commissioner Kelly served as counsel to the California Independent System Operator. In 1999, she worked as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Law School, Ms. Kelly served as Chair of the New Mexico Public Service Commission, which regulated New Mexico’s electric, gas and water utilities. She had been a lawyer in the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General and with the New Mexico firm of Leubben, Hughes & Kelly. She also worked for two years in Washington, DC, upon her graduation from law school.

She received a B.A. with Distinction in Chemistry from the University of Rochester and a J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School. She is admitted to the bars of New Mexico and the District of Columbia.



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