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Virginia utility regulator nominated for federal commission

(AP)  The chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission has been nominated to fill a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

President Donald Trump is nominating Mark Christie for the seat, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The White House called Christie “one of the nation’s longest-serving utility regulators.” He has served on the commission for 16 years.

Christie’s departure will allow Virginia Democrats to have their candidates hold a majority on the commission. Democrats have control of the statehouse and governor’s office.

Christie is a former president of the Virginia Board of Education. He previously served as counsel to Gov. George Allen. He is also the former president of the Organization of PJM States, a collective of 14 regional utility regulators.

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