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Former NRC Commissioners

The biographies for each of the Commissioners listed below are the official ones used during the Commissioners' terms.

NAME TENURE
FROM
TENURE
TO
REMARKS NOMINATED

OATH
ADMINISTERED
BY / DATE

LOCATION
William A. Anders,
Chairman

(Republican)
1/19/75 4/20/76 Resigned (1)   Justice Blackmun
1/23/75
at the Capitol; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Marcus A. Rowden,
Commissioner

(Independent)
1/19/75 4/20/76     Justice Blackmun
1/23/75
at the Capitol;
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Marcus A. Rowden,
Chairman

(Independent)
4/21/76(2) 6/30/77 Term Expired      
Edward A. Mason
(Independent)
1/19/75 1/15/77 Resigned (3)   Justice Blackmun
1/23/75
at the Capitol; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Victor Gilinsky
(Democrat)
1/19/75 6/30/79 Term Expired   Justice Blackmun
1/23/75
at the Capitol; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Victor Gilinsky
(Democrat)
7/1/79 6/30/84 Term Expired 5/15/79 Justice Blackmun
7/2/79
(2nd term) at Supreme Court
Richard T. Kennedy
(Republican)
1/19/75 6/30/80 Term Expired   Justice Blackmun
1/23/75
at the Capitol; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Joseph M. Hendrie,
Chairman

(Republican)
8/9/77 12/7/79 (4) 6/29/77 D. Donoghue
8/9/77
Chairman's office
Joseph M. Hendrie,
Commissioner

(Republican)
12/8/79 3/2/81 (5)      
Joseph M. Hendrie,
Chairman

(Republican)
3/3/81 6/30/81 Term Expired      
Peter A. Bradford
(Democrat)
8/15/77 3/12/82 Resigned (6) 7/12/77 Chairman Hendrie
8/15/77
Chairman's office
John F. Ahearne,
Commissioner

(Independent)
7/31/78 12/7/79 (7) 5/19/78 Chairman Hendrie
7/31/78
Commission Conference Room
John F. Ahearne,
Chairman

(Independent)
12/7/79 3/2/81 (8)      
John F. Ahearne,
Commissioner

(Independent)
3/3/81 6/30/83 Term Expired      
Nunzio J. Palladino,
Chairman

(Republican)
7/1/81 6/30/86 Term Expired 5/15/81 Chairman Hendrie
6/24/81
Chairman's office
Thomas M. Roberts
(Republican)
8/3/81 6/30/85 Term Expired (9) 6/8/81 Chairman Palladino
8/3/81
Chairman's office
Thomas M. Roberts
(Republican)
7/12/85 6/30/90 Term Expired 6/6/85 Chairman Palladino
7/12/85
Commissioner Roberts' residence
James K. Asselstine
(Independent)
5/17/82 6/30/82 Term Expired (10) 4/20/82 Chairman Palladino
5/17/82
Chairman's office
James K. Asselstine
(Independent)
7/1/82 6/30/87 Term Expired      
Frederick M. Bernthal
(Republican)
8/4/83 6/30/88 Term Expired 7/26/83 Chairman Palladino
8/4/83
Mansfield Room - at the Capitol
Lando W. Zech, Jr.,
Commissioner

(Independent)
7/5/84 (11) 6/30/85 (Recess Appt) 6/28/84 Chairman Palladino
7/5/84
Chairman's office
Lando W. Zech, Jr.,
Chairman

(Independent)
7/1/86 6/30/89 Term Expired   Chairman Palladino
3/8/85
Chairman's Conference Room
Kenneth M. Carr,
Commissioner

(Independent)
8/14/86 6/30/89 (12) 6/23/86 Acting Chairman Roberts; 8/14/86 Chairman's Conference Room
Kenneth M. Carr,
Chairman

(Independent)
7/1/89 6/30/91 Term Expired      
Kenneth C. Rogers
(Republican)
8/7/87 6/30/92 (13) Term Expired 6/2/87 Chairman Zech
8/7/87
Chairman's office
Kenneth C. Rogers
(Republican)
7/1/92 6/30/97 Term Expired 2/14/92 Chairman Selin
6/12/92
Commission Conference Room
James R. Curtiss
(Democrat)
10/20/88 6/30/93 Term Expired 8/11/88 Chairman Zech
10/20/88
Chairman's office
Forrest J. Remick
(Republican)
12/1/89 6/30/94 Term Expired 8/4/89 Chairman Carr

12/1/89

Commission Conference Room
Ivan Selin,
Chairman

(Republican)
7/1/91 6/30/95 Resigned (14) 4/22/91 Chairman Carr (15)
6/28/91
Chairman's office
E. Gail de Planque
(Democrat)
12/16/91 6/30/95 Term Expired 6/7/91 Chairman Selin
12/16/91
Commission Conference Room
Shirley A. Jackson, Commissioner
(Democrat)
5/2/95 6/30/95   10/4/94 Gloria Joseph (sister) (16)
5/2/95
18th floor Conference Room
Shirley A. Jackson,
Chairman

(Democrat)
7/1/95 (17) 6/30/99 Term Expired      
Greta J. Dicus,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
2/15/96 6/30/98 Term Expired 7/14/95 Chairman Jackson
2/15/96
18th floor Conference Room
Greta J. Dicus,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
10/27/98 6/30/99 (18) 5/22/98 Judge Vicki Cook
10/27/98
Hot Springs, AR
Greta Dicus,
Chairman

(Democrat)
7/1/99 10/29/99 (19)      
Greta Dicus,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
10/29/99 6/30/03 (20)
Term Expired
     
Nils J. Diaz
(Republican)
8/23/96 6/30/01 Term Expired 7/12/96 Judge F. A. Moreno
8/23/96
Miami, FL
Nils J. Diaz
(Republican)
10/4/01 6/30/06 (21) 7/25/01 Mel Martinez, Secretary of HUD
10/4/01
18th floor
Conference Room
Nils Diaz,
Chairman

(Republican)
4/1/03 (22) 6/30/06 Term Expired      
Edward McGaffigan, Jr.
(Democrat)
8/28/96 6/30/00 Term Expired 7/12/96 Chairman Jackson
8/28/96
18th floor Conference Room
Edward McGaffigan, Jr.
(Democrat)
7/1/00 6/30/05 Term Expired 2/1/00 Chairman Meserve
6/12/00
18th floor Conference Room
Edward McGaffigan, Jr.
(Democrat)
10/12/05(23)
6/30/10 9/2/07(24) 7/28/05 Chairman Diaz
10/12/05
18th floor Conference Room
Jeffrey S. Merrifield
(Republican)
10/23/98 6/30/02 Term Expired 9/29/98 Chairman Jackson
10/23/98
18th floor Conference Room
Jeffrey S. Merrifield
(Republican)
8/5/02 (25) 6/30/07 Term Expired 6/17/02 Acting Chairman McGaffigan
8/5/02
Commissioner Merrifield's Office
Richard A. Meserve, Chairman
(Democrat)
10/29/99 (26) 3/31/03 Resigned (27) 8/5/99 Neil Lane, Assistant to the President for Science & Technology
10/29/99
NRC Auditorium
Peter B. Lyons
(Republican)
1/25/05(28)   Recess Appointment   Chairman Diaz
1/25/05
18th floor
Conference Room
Peter B. Lyons
(Republican)
(29) 6/30/09 Term Expired   Chairman Diaz
6/28/06
Commissioner Lyons’ Office
Dale E. Klein,
Chairman

(Republican)
7/1/06(30) 6/30/11   4/27/06 James McDermott,(31)
OHR - 7/1/07
EDO Conference Room
Dale E. Klein, Commissioner
(Republican)
5/13/09(32) 3/29/10 Resigned(33)      
Gregory B. Jaczko,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
1/21/05(34)   Recess Appointment 2/12/04 Chairman Diaz
1/21/05
18th floor Conference Room
Gregory B. Jaczko,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
5/31/06(35) 6/30/08   2/12/04 Chairman Diaz
6/15/06
Commissioner Jaczko's Office
Gregory B. Jaczko,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
7/1/08(36) 6/30/13 Appointed Chairman 5/13/09 12/04/07 Chairman Klein(37)
4/29/08
Anteroom to Commission Conference Room
Gregory B. Jaczko,
Chairman

(Democrat)
5/13/09(38) 7/9/12 Resigned(39)      

Footnotes

1. Chairman Anders resigned 2 months before the end of his term.

2. On April 21, 1976, Marcus A. Rowden assumed the Chairmanship.

3. Commissioner Mason resigned one year before the end of his term.

4. On December 7, 1979, Joseph M. Hendrie vacated the Chairmanship but remained a Commissioner.

5. On March 3, 1981, Joseph M. Hendrie resumed the Chairmanship.

6. Commissioner Bradford resigned 3 months before the end of his term.

7. On December 7, 1979, John F. Ahearne assumed the Chairmanship.

8. On March 3, 1981, John F. Ahearne vacated the Chairmanship but remained as a Commissioner.

9. First term expired on June 30, 1985; Thomas Roberts took Oath of Office for second term on July 12, 1985.

10. James K. Asselstine completed Peter A. Bradford's term and was appointed to a full five-year term.

11. On June 28, 1984, Lando W. Zech, Jr. was nominated by the President. He received a recess appointment on July 3, 1984, and took office on July 5, 1984. On January 3, 1985, the President resubmitted the nomination to the 99th Congress for a full five-year appointment. The Senate subsequently confirmed the nomination and he took office for the full five-year term on March 6, 1985. On July 1, 1986, Lando W. Zech, Jr. assumed the Chairmanship.

12. Kenneth M. Carr served as Commissioner from August 14, 1986 to June 30, 1989, then assumed Chairmanship from July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1991.

13. Kenneth C. Rogers served as Commissioner from August 7, 1987 to June 30, 1992; was reappointed as Commissioner from July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1997.

14. Ivan Selin resigned June 30, 1995.

15. Vice President Dan Quayle presided at a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at which Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor administered the oath.

16. Vice President Gore performed a ceremonial swearing-in at the OEOB/Indian Treaty Room on May 26, 1995.

17. On July 1, 1995, Shirley A. Jackson assumed the Chairmanship.

18. Greta J. Dicus was renominated to a new 5 year term as Commissioner on May 22, 1998. Her nomination was confirmed by the Senate on October 21, 1998.

19. On July 1, 1999, Greta J. Dicus assumed the Chairmanship.

20. On October 29, 1999, Greta J. Dicus vacated the Chairmanship but remained as a Commissioner.

21. Nils J. Diaz was renominated to a new 5 year term as Commissioner on July 25, 2001. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 2001.

22. On April 1, 2003, Nils Diaz assumed the Chairmanship.

23. On July 28, 2005, Edward McGaffigan was nominated for a new 5 year term. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on October 7, 2005 and signed by the President on October 12, 2005.

24. Commissioner McGaffigan passed away on September 2, 2007.

25. On June 17, 2002, Jeffrey S. Merrifield was nominated for a new 5 year term. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2002 and signed by the President on August 2, 2002.

26. On October 29, 1999, Richard A. Meserve assumed the Chairmanship.

27. On March 31, 2003, Richard A. Meserve resigned.

28. On January 19, 2005, President Bush recess appointed Peter Lyons for two years (end of Senate’s session late 2006).

29. Commissioner Lyons nomination was confirmed by the Senate on May 26, 2006 and signed by the President on May 31, 2006.

30. Dr. Dale Klein was nominated to be Chairman by President George W. Bush on April 27, 2006. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on May 26, 2006 and signed by the President on June 30, 2006.

31. Vice President Cheney performed a ceremonial swearing-in at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 6, 2006.

32. On May 13, 2009, Dale Klein vacated the Chairmanship but remained as Commissioner.

33. On March 29, 2010, Dale Klein resigned.

34. On January 19, 2005 President Bush recess appointed Gregory Jaczko (term to end at the end of Senate's session late 2006).

35. Commissioner Jaczko nomination was confirmed by the Senate on May 26, 2006 and signed by the President on May 31, 2006.

36. On December 4, 2007, Commissioner Jaczko was nominated for a new 5-year term. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 14, 2008, and signed by the President on March 17, 2008.

37. Senator Harry Reid performed a ceremonial swearing-in at the Senate Office Building on April 28, 2008.

38. On May 13, 2009 President Obama appointed Gregory Jaczko as Chairman of the NRC.

39. On July 9, 2012 Gregory Jaczko resigned as Chairman.

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