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McDonnell elected chairman of regional energy board

Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) was elected chairman of the Southern States Energy Board Thursday at the group's annual meeting at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

"At this crucial time in our country's energy history, the South has a vital role to play in determining the best policies for keeping America's lights on, our air clean, and our citizens working,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "Identifying and enacting positive energy legislation that encourages job-creation and innovation, reduces our dependence on foreign sources and preserves our environment will be a large part of our effort."

McDonnell succeeds West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) who has held this position for the past year.

The board is an interstate compact, comprised of governors and state legislators from 16 southern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its mission is to promote economic development through innovations in energy and environmental programs and policies.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 16, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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