Alexander and Corker Statements on Confirmation of Memphian William Graves to TVA Board

Posted on June 5, 2008

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Senate approved Bishop William Graves’ nomination to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors late last night following a months-long effort to ensure that Graves received a vote in the Senate. “I’m glad that the Senate has finally confirmed Bishop Graves – as he had every right to be,” said Alexander. “After twelve years on the Memphis Light, Gas and Water board, and as the only Memphian and only African-American ever to serve on the TVA board, he will continue to serve our region well. I’m disappointed that the Democratic leader of the Senate continues to block the confirmation of Susan Williams, who has also served on the board with distinction. I will continue working to see that the Senate fulfills its responsibility to confirm her as well.” “I’m very pleased the Senate has finally confirmed Bishop Graves’ reappointment to the TVA board. Bishop Graves is an outstanding individual, and he will continue to ably serve our region on the board,” said Corker. “I am highly disappointed that Susan Richardson Williams’ reappointment is still being blocked, and I will continue pursuing her confirmation. Both Graves and Williams were unanimously approved in committee, and their delayed confirmations are a real disservice to the Senate, the Tennessee Valley, and TVA customers.”