The vacant seat on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was filled on June 8, when Christopher T. Hanson was sworn in as the agency’s fifth commissioner. The vacancy was created in April 2019 with the resignation of Stephen Burns. Hanson will serve the remainder of Burns’s term, which expires on June 30, 2024.
Hanson history: Hanson, who was nominated for the commission seat by President Trump in February and confirmed by the Senate in May, has more than two decades of government and private sector experience in nuclear energy, fuel cycle, security, and radioactive waste issues. Prior to joining the NRC, he served as a staff member on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Subcommittee under Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), and before that, as a senior advisor in the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Hanson also served as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led multiple engagements for government and industry.
Hanson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Clemson University. He earned master’s degrees from the Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused on ethics and natural resource economics.
Wright stuff: Also on June 8, NRC Commissioner David A. Wright was sworn in for a second term. Wright was appointed to the NRC in May 2018 to serve the remainder of a five-year term ending on June 30. His second term will conclude on June 30, 2025.
Wright previously served as owner and president of Wright Directions LLC, a strategic energy and water consulting and communications business. He also served as a member and chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Commission from 2004 to 2013 and as the 2011–2012 president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. In addition, he has served as a council member and mayor of Irmo, S.C., and as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.