Chair Christopher T. Hanson

(Photo of Commissioner Christopher Hanson)The Honorable Christopher T. Hanson was re-appointed as Chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission by President Joe Biden to a second term ending June 30, 2029. Chair Hanson was first sworn in as a Commissioner on June 8, 2020, and designated Chair by President Joe Biden, effective January 20, 2021.

Hanson has more than two decades of government and private-sector experience in the fields of nuclear energy. Prior to joining the NRC, he served as a Staff Member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he oversaw civilian and national security nuclear programs.

Before working in the Senate, Hanson served as a Senior Advisor in the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. He also served in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, where he oversaw nuclear and environmental cleanup programs, and managed the department's relationship with Congressional Appropriations Committees.

Prior to joining the department, he served as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led multiple engagements for government and industry in the energy sector.

Hanson earned master's degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused on ethics and natural resource economics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

June 2024

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