Alexander on President’s Nomination of Allison Macfarlane to Chair Nuclear Regulatory Commission “I look forward to learning more about Dr. Macfarlane’s views on how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can help the U.S. ....
PoliticalNews.me - May 26,2012 - Alexander on President’s Nomination of Allison Macfarlane to Chair Nuclear Regulatory Commission
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), released the following statement on the president’s intention to nominate Allison Macfarlane to chair the NRC:
“I look forward to learning more about Dr. Macfarlane’s views on how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can help the U.S. lead the world in providing the large amount of low-cost, reliable, clean nuclear electricity this country needs to create jobs and grow our economy.”
Lamar Alexander was born in Maryville, the son of a kindergarten teacher and an elementary school principal. He is a seventh generation Tennessean.
He serves on committees overseeing education, clean air, highways, science, appropriations and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He was elected three times by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference—the third-ranking Republican position in the United States Senate and a position he held from 2007 till Jan 2012. He is the only Tennessean ever popularly elected both governor and U.S. Senator.
Sen. Alexander has been U.S. Education Secretary, University of Tennessee president, and professor at Harvard 's School of Government. He chaired the National Governors’ Association and President Reagan's Commission on Americans Outdoors. In private life, he helped found the nation’s largest provider of worksite day care.
In his campaign for governor, Lamar Alexander walked 1,000 miles across Tennessee in his now famous red and black plaid shirt. Once elected, he helped Tennessee become the third largest auto producer and the first state to pay teachers more for teaching well.