Chairman Kristine Svinicki announced today that she intends to leave the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on January 20. She issued a statement in a press release from the NRC.
Chairman Svinicki has served as a commissioner under three administrations and is the longest serving member of the commission. She was first appointed to the commission by President Bush in 2007, was reappointed in 2012 by President Obama, and was designated chairman by President Donald J. Trump on January 23, 2017. Her term would have ended on June 30, 2022.
The NRC is headed by five commissioners appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for five-year terms. The NRC requires a quorum of at least three commissioners, and no more than three may be from the same political party.
Svinicki's early departure from the commission will allow the incoming Biden administration to appoint a new commissioner, which will change the composition to likely have three Democrats and two Republican commissioners.