Memphis attorney John Ryder, who was nominated a year ago for a seat on the TVA board of directors, has been re-nominated by President Trump and cleared his first hurdle.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved Ryder Feb. 5. Final approval of the nomination must come from the full Senate.

After his original nomination, Ryder went so far as to testify before that same Senate committee, which approved him then as well. The full Senate never acted on the nomination, though, making it necessary for the President to put him forward a second time.

“John would be a valuable addition to the TVA board,” said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN. “I hope he will now be confirmed without delay.”

Ryder is a former general counsel for the Republican National Committee. His confirmation by the Senate would leave one vacancy on the nine-seat TVA board.