Joseph T. Kelliher

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Joseph T. Kelliher
Occupation Chairman
Employer Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Location Washington, DC

Joseph Kelliher is chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Kelliher was nominated by President George W. Bush to a Republican seat on the Commission, and was sworn in on November 20, 2003, for his first term and on December 21, 2007, for his second term. He was designated chairman of the Commission by President Bush, effective July 9, 2005.[1]

Before becoming a commissioner, Kelliher was senior policy advisor to Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. In that capacity, he advised the Secretary on a wide range of energy policy matters. Kelliher helped develop the National Energy Policy. He had served as senior policy advisor to the Secretary since the inauguration of President George W. Bush.

Before joining the Department of Energy, Kelliher served on the Bush/Cheney Presidential Transition Team. Previously, he was of Counsel with the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. He served as Majority Counsel to the House Committee on Commerce from 1995 to 2000, where he was responsible for electricity, hydropower, conservation, nuclear waste, and other energy legislation. During 1991 to 1995, Kelliher represented Public Service Electric and Gas Company before the Congress on a wide range of energy legislation.

In the late 1980s, Kelliher worked for the American Nuclear Energy Council, where he was responsible for nuclear licensing reform and various regulatory issues. In the mid-1980s, he served on the staff of Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Law Review Articles

  • Market Manipulation, Market Power and the Authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 26 ENERGY L. J. 1 (2005).
  • The Need for Mandatory Electric Reliability Standards and Greater Transmission Investment, 39 UNIV. OF RICHMOND L. REV. 717 (2004).
  • Pushing the Envelope: Development of Federal Electric Transmission Access Policy, 42 AMERICAN UNIV. L. REV. 543 (1993).


Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., 1983; American University Washington College of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1994.


  1. "Joseph T. Kelliher, Chairman”. FERC.