Alexander: John Ryder is a Great Choice to Help Keep TVA on a Good Path

Posted on March 20, 2018

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WASHINGTON, March 20, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced Tennessean John Ryder at his confirmation hearing to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, saying Ryder is a “great choice to help keep TVA on a good path.”

“John Ryder is a good man, and TVA is on a good path. TVA’s leadership over the last few years has made sound decisions that will benefit ratepayers and our region. John Ryder is a great choice to help keep TVA on that good path,” Alexander said. “TVA is fulfilling its mission to provide ‘safe, clean, reliable and affordable power for the region’s homes and businesses’ by placing pollution control equipment on all its coal plants, building new natural gas plants, and opening the first nuclear power reactor in the 21st century. TVA has done this while reducing its debt and reducing electric rates, which is good news for jobs and economic development in the Tennessee Valley.”

Alexander continued: “As a West Tennessean, John understands how important it is for TVA to continue to provide cheap, clean, reliable electricity for homes and businesses throughout the seven-state Tennessee Valley region.

“For five years, John served as general counsel for the Republican National Committee, and he has served as the litigation counsel for the Shelby County Election Commission.  

“John has a broad background in public affairs, and he has significant litigation experience and has earned numerous awards as an attorney. 

“He has been recognized by Business Tennessee Magazine as being among the 101 Best Lawyers in Tennessee and has been listed in Best Lawyers since 1987.

“I am convinced John will make an excellent TVA Board member, and I strongly support his nomination. I encourage the members of the committee to support his nomination as well so his nomination can quickly be considered by the full Senate.”

Alexander said Ryder was a “respected leader in Shelby County and in Tennessee” when he was nominated by President Trump on February 3.

Video of Alexander’s remarks is available here.

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