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State Official Moves Closer To Federal Appointment

A woman with medium-length hair smiles in a hearing room with wood desks, leather chairs and marble walls.
Lindsay See is West Virginia's solicitor general.
WV Attorney General's Office

U.S. Senate committee approved West Virginia’s solicitor general Tuesday to serve as a federal energy regulator.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmed Lindsay See to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The vote was 16 to 3, with Sen. Joe Manchin, the committee’s chair, voting in her favor.

See successfully argued for West Virginia in a Supreme Court case on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate power plant emissions.

She also defended the state Department of Environmental Protection in a federal lawsuit against its approval of a water permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

If she’s confirmed by the full Senate, See would be among five commissioners regulating natural gas and electricity infrastructure.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky recommended See, and President Joe Biden nominated her. She’s among three nominees to the commission and the only Republican.