Heinrich Statement on Nomination of Norman Bay to Lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) welcomed President Obama's nomination of Norman Bay to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Mr. Bay was the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico and a Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC. His nomination will come before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a panel on which Sen. Heinrich sits.

"Norman Bay is an admired public servant with outstanding credentials to lead the FERC," said Sen. Heinrich. "Energy is at the heart of almost every issue across the country and a cornerstone of New Mexico's economy. I look forward to meeting with Norman during his nomination process and given his record I am confident about his ability to serve with great distinction as chair of the FERC."

Norman C. Bay is the Director of the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a position he has held since 2009.  Prior to this, Mr. Bay was a Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico from 2002 to 2009.  From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Bay was the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.  He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1989 to 2000, an Attorney-Adviser at the United States Department of State from 1988 to 1989, and a Law Clerk for the Honorable Otto R. Skopil, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1986 to 1987.  Mr. Bay received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.