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14 June 2018
New NRC Commissioners Caputo and Wright Sworn In; Commissioner Baran to Serve Additional Term

Cindy Flannery, CHP, NRC

Annie Caputo and David A. Wright were sworn in as U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) commissioners last week by NRC Chairman Kristine L. Svinicki. Commissioner Caputo will serve the remainder of a five-year term ending 30 June 2021. Commissioner Wright will serve the remainder of a five-year term ending 30 June 2020. Jeff Baran, who began his first term as commissioner in October 2014, was confirmed by the Senate for a new term expiring 30 June 2023.

Commissioner Caputo previously served as senior policy advisor for Chair John Barrasso on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She also held this position for then-Chairman James Inhofe from 2007 to 2012. From 2005 to 2006 and 2012 to 2015, Commissioner Caputo worked for the House Committee on Energy & Commerce handling nuclear energy issues. Prior to her positions on Capitol Hill, she worked for Exelon Corporation. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering.

Commissioner Wright previously served as President of Wright Directions, LLC, a strategic energy consulting and communication business. He also served as a member and chair of the South Carolina Public Service Commission from 2004 to 2013. He was elected and served as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners from 2011 to 2012. Additionally, he served as a council member, mayor, and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Commissioner Wright received a bachelor's degree in political science from Clemson University.

Commissioner Baran previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 11 years. He also worked on a range of NRC issues including new reactor licensing, existing reactor oversight, and decommissioning. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Commissioner Baran served as a law clerk for Judge Lesley Wells of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Commissioner Baran earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in political science from Ohio University. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.

The full press release may be read on the NRC website.