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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)
01/19/75 04/20/76 Resigned(1)   Justice Blackmun
01/23/75
at the Capitol; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Marcus A. Rowden,
Commissioner

(Independent)
01/19/75 4/20/76     Justice Blackmun
01/23/75
at the Capitol;
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Marcus A. Rowden,
Chairman

(Independent)
04/21/76(2) 06/30/77 Term Expired      
Edward A. Mason
(Independent)
01/19/75 01/15/77 Resigned(3)   Justice Blackmun
01/23/75
at the Capitol; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Victor Gilinsky
(Democrat)
01/19/75 06/30/79 Term Expired   Justice Blackmun
01/23/75
at the Capitol; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Victor Gilinsky
(Democrat)
07/01/79 06/30/84 Term Expired 05/15/79 Justice Blackmun
07/2/79
(2nd term) at Supreme Court
Richard T. Kennedy
(Republican)
01/19/75 06/30/80 Term Expired   Justice Blackmun
01/23/75
at the Capitol; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller attended
Joseph M. Hendrie,
Chairman

(Republican)
08/09/77 12/07/79 (4) 06/29/77 D. Donoghue
08/09/77
Chairman's office
Joseph M. Hendrie,
Commissioner

(Republican)
12/08/79 03/02/81 (5)      
Joseph M. Hendrie,
Chairman

(Republican)
03/03/81 06/30/81 Term Expired      
Peter A. Bradford
(Democrat)
08/15/77 03/12/82 Resigned(6) 07/12/77 Chairman Hendrie
08/15/77
Chairman's office
John F. Ahearne,
Commissioner

(Independent)
07/31/78 12/07/79 (7) 5/19/78 Chairman Hendrie
07/31/78
Commission Conference Room
John F. Ahearne,
Chairman

(Independent)
12/07/79 03/02/81 (8)      
John F. Ahearne,
Commissioner

(Independent)
03/03/81 06/30/83 Term Expired      
Nunzio J. Palladino,
Chairman

(Republican)
07/1/81 06/30/86 Term Expired 05/15/81 Chairman Hendrie
06/24/81
Chairman's office
Thomas M. Roberts
(Republican)
08/03/81 06/30/85 Term Expired(9) 06/08/81 Chairman Palladino
08/03/81
Chairman's office
Thomas M. Roberts
(Republican)
07/12/85 06/30/90 Term Expired 06/06/85 Chairman Palladino
07/12/85
Commissioner Roberts' residence
James K. Asselstine
(Independent)
05/17/82 06/30/82 Term Expired(10) 04/20/82 Chairman Palladino
05/17/82
Chairman's office
James K. Asselstine
(Independent)
07/01/82 06/30/87 Term Expired      
Frederick M. Bernthal
(Republican)
08/04/83 06/30/88 Term Expired 07/26/83 Chairman Palladino
08/04/83
Mansfield Room - at the Capitol
Lando W. Zech, Jr.,
Commissioner

(Independent)
07/05/84(11) 06/30/85 (Recess Appt) 06/28/84 Chairman Palladino
07/05/84
Chairman's office
Lando W. Zech, Jr.,
Chairman

(Independent)
07/01/86 06/30/89 Term Expired   Chairman Palladino
3/8/85
Chairman's Conference Room
Kenneth M. Carr,
Commissioner

(Independent)
08/14/86 06/30/89 (12) 06/23/86 Acting Chairman Roberts; 8/14/86 Chairman's Conference Room
Kenneth M. Carr,
Chairman

(Independent)
07/01/89 06/30/91 Term Expired      
Kenneth C. Rogers
(Republican)
08/07/87 06/30/92(13) Term Expired 06/02/87 Chairman Zech
08/07/87
Chairman's office
Kenneth C. Rogers
(Republican)
07/01/92 06/30/97 Term Expired 02/14/92 Chairman Selin
06/12/92
Commission Conference Room
James R. Curtiss
(Democrat)
10/20/88 06/30/93 Term Expired 08/11/88 Chairman Zech
10/20/88
Chairman's office
Forrest J. Remick
(Republican)
12/01/89 06/30/94 Term Expired 08/04/89 Chairman Carr

12/01/89

Commission Conference Room
Ivan Selin,
Chairman

(Republican)
07/01/91 06/30/95 Resigned(14) 04/22/91 Chairman Carr(15)
06/28/91
Chairman's office
E. Gail de Planque
(Democrat)
12/16/91 06/30/95 Term Expired 06/07/91 Chairman Selin
12/16/91
Commission Conference Room
Shirley A. Jackson, Commissioner
(Democrat)
05/02/95 06/30/95   10/04/94 Gloria Joseph (sister)(16)
05/02/95
18th floor Conference Room
Shirley A. Jackson,
Chairman

(Democrat)
07/01/95(17) 06/30/99 Term Expired      
Greta J. Dicus,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
02/15/96 06/30/98 Term Expired 07/14/95 Chairman Jackson
02/15/96
18th floor Conference Room
Greta J. Dicus,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
10/27/98 06/30/99 (18) 05/22/98 Judge Vicki Cook
10/27/98
Hot Springs, AR
Greta Dicus,
Chairman

(Democrat)
07/01/99 10/29/99 (19)      
Greta Dicus,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
10/29/99 06/30/03 (20)
Term Expired
     
Nils J. Diaz
(Republican)
08/23/96 06/30/01 Term Expired 07/12/96 Judge F. A. Moreno
08/23/96
Miami, FL
Nils J. Diaz
(Republican)
10/04/01 06/30/06 (21) 07/25/01 Mel Martinez, Secretary of HUD
10/04/01
18th floor
Conference Room
Nils Diaz,
Chairman

(Republican)
04/01/03(22) 06/30/06 Term Expired      
Edward McGaffigan, Jr.
(Democrat)
08/28/96 06/30/00 Term Expired 07/12/96 Chairman Jackson
08/28/96
18th floor Conference Room
Edward McGaffigan, Jr.
(Democrat)
07/01/00 06/30/05 Term Expired 02/01/00 Chairman Meserve
06/12/00
18th floor Conference Room
Edward McGaffigan, Jr.
(Democrat)
10/12/05(23)
06/30/10 09/02/07(24) 07/28/05 Chairman Diaz
10/12/05
18th floor Conference Room
Jeffrey S. Merrifield
(Republican)
10/23/98 06/30/02 Term Expired 09/29/98 Chairman Jackson
10/23/98
18th floor Conference Room
Jeffrey S. Merrifield
(Republican)
08/05/02(25) 06/30/07 Term Expired 06/17/02 Acting Chairman McGaffigan
08/05/02
Commissioner Merrifield's Office
Richard A. Meserve, Chairman
(Democrat)
10/29/99(26) 03/31/03 Resigned(27) 08/05/99 Neil Lane, Assistant to the President for Science & Technology
10/29/99
NRC Auditorium
Gregory B. Jaczko,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
01/21/05(34)   Recess Appointment 02/12/04 Chairman Diaz
01/21/05
18th floor Conference Room
Gregory B. Jaczko,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
05/31/06(35) 06/30/08   02/12/04 Chairman Diaz
06/15/06
Commissioner Jaczko's Office
Gregory B. Jaczko,
Commissioner

(Democrat)
07/01/08(36) 06/30/13 Appointed Chairman 05/13/09 12/04/07 Chairman Klein(37)
04/29/08
Anteroom to Commission Conference Room
Gregory B. Jaczko,
Chairman

(Democrat)
05/13/09(38) 07/09/12 Resigned(39)      
Peter B. Lyons
(Republican)
01/25/05(28)   Recess Appointment   Chairman Diaz
01/25/05
18th floor
Conference Room
Peter B. Lyons
(Republican)
(29) 06/30/09 Term Expired   Chairman Diaz
6/28/06
Commissioner Lyons’ Office
Dale E. Klein,
Chairman

(Republican)
07/1/06(30) 60/30/11   04/27/06 James McDermott,(31)
OHR - 07/01/07
EDO Conference Room
Dale E. Klein, Commissioner
(Republican)
05/13/09(32) 03/29/10 Resigned(33)      
George Apostolakis
(Democrat)
03/29/10(45) 06/30/14 Term Expired 10/13/09 Chairman Jaczko
04/23/10
Commission Hearing Room
William D. Magwood, IV,
Commissioner
03/29/10(40) 06/30/10 Term Expired 10/13/09

Gregory B. Jaczko,
Chairman
04/01/10

 
William D. Magwood, IV,
Commissioner
07/1/10 08/31/14 Resigned(41) 10/13/09 Chairman Jaczko
04/23/10
Commission Hearing Room
William C. Ostendorff,
Commissioner
03/29/10(46) 06/30/11 Term Expired 12/11/09 Gregory B. Jaczko,
Chairman
04/01/10
Commission Hearing Room
William C. Ostendorff,
Commissioner
07/05/11(47) 06/30/16 Term Expired 04/14/11 Gregory B. Jaczko,
Chairman
07/07/11
18th floor Conference Room
Allison M. Macfarlane,
Chairman

(Democrat)
07/09/12(42) 06/30/13 Term Expired 05/24/12 Miriam Cohen,
OCHCO
07/09/12
18th Floor Anti Room
Allison M. Macfarlane,
Chairman

(Democrat)
07/01/13(43) 12/31/14 Resigned(44) 03/21/13 Miriam Cohen,
OCHCO
07/01/13
Chairman Macfarlane's
Office

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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.

40. William D. Magwood, IV was nominated by President Obama on October 13, 2009.  His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 19, 2010, and signed by the President on March 29, 2010.  Mr. Magwood was appointed to fill the remainder of Commissioner McGaffigan's term ending June 30, 2010, and appointed to a new 5 year term ending June 30, 2015.

41. William D. Magwood IV resigned on August 31, 2014.

42. On May 24, 2012, President Obama nominated Allison M. Macfarlane as Chaiman for the remainder of Gregory Jaczko's term. Her nomination was confirmed by the Senate on June 28, 2012, and signed by the President on July 9, 2012.

43. On March 21, 2013, President Obama nominated Chairman Macfarlane for an additional five-year term. Her nomination was confirmed by the Senate on June 27, 2013, and signed by the President on June 28, 2013.

44. Allison M. Macfarlane resigned as Chairman effective on December 31, 2014.

45. Dr. George Apostolakis was nominated by President Obama on October 13, 2009. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 19, 2010, and signed by the President on March 29, 2010.

46. William C. Ostendorff was nominated by President Obama on December 12, 2009. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 19, 2010, and signed by the President on March 29, 2010.

47. On April 14, 2011, President Obama nominated Commissioner Ostendorff for an additional 5 year term. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 2011, and signed by the President on July 5, 2011.

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