Cheryl LaFleur, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) who was the lone dissenter in the 2-1 approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, announced January 31 that she will not seek reappointment to the Commission when her current term expires in June. In a Twitter announcement, commissioner LaFleur said:
Today I am announcing that I am no longer seeking a third term at FERC, and will be leaving the Commission later in 2019. While this is not the outcome I had hoped for, I feel very lucky to have served on FERC for more than eight years (and counting).
The President will be required to name a Democrat to replace her to keep the required political party balance in place. There currently are two Republicans and two Democrats on FERC, with one Republican seat vacant due to the recent death of Commissioner Kevin McIntyre.