Senate confirms first FERC nominee, plans vote on others

By Manuel Quiñones | 06/12/2024 01:16 PM EDT

David Rosner was the first of three Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees to clear the Senate.

David Rosner.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee David Rosner during his confirmation hearing. The Senate confirmed the Democratic nominee Wednesday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed David Rosner to a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with bipartisan support.

But the 67-27 vote revealed discomfort among some Democrats to Rosner’s past support for natural gas infrastructure. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) were among three members of the Democratic caucus to initially oppose Rosner. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) then changed her vote from “yes” to “no.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a moderate, also opposed the nominee. He released a statement Tuesday complaining about approval of the Mountain Valley pipeline.


“I voted no on rubber-stamping the same old people to FERC,” Kaine said.