Ryder

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Memphis attorney John Ryder for a seat on the TVA board of directors.

Ryder was nominated last year by President Trump, but the Senate didn’t act on the nomination. Trump put Ryder forward again earlier this year; the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works recommended the nominee Feb. 5, and his Feb. 28 confirmation by the full Senate was via unanimous voice vote.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., called Ryder, a former general counsel to the Republican National Committee, “the right person to help keep TVA on a good path.”

“John Ryder is a respected leader,” Alexander said. “I was glad to recommend that President Trump nominate John for the TVA board. He understands that TVA’s mission is to continue to provide clean, reliable electricity at the lowest possible rates for homes and businesses throughout the seven-state Tennessee Valley region.”

Ryder’s confirmation leaves one vacancy on TVA’s nine-member board of directors, of which James “Skip” Thompson of Decatur, Ala., is set to take charge as chairman in May.