A member of the powerful five-person Federal Energy Regulatory Commission died January 2. Kevin McIntyre, a Republican, served on the FERC panel from December 2017 to October 2018. He was 57.
McIntyre’s health problems releated to brain cancer forced him to step down as FERC chair, leaving the job to Neil Chatterjee, a Trump administration appointee. McIntyre went on to have surgery and was reported to be in excellent health, according to The Hill.
Before serving on FERC, McIntyre was an energy policy lawyer, representing energy companies before regulatory bodies such as FERC.
McIntyre was among those who voted to reject a proposal by the Trump administration to further subsizide the nuclear and coal power industries.
President Donald Trump will now choose someone to fill the vacancy on the FERC panel.