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Commissioner David A. Wright

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Sworn In: 05/30/18
Term Ends: 6/30/20
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Tel: 301-415-1759


U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mail Stop O-16 B33
Washington, DC 20555-0001

Catherine Kanatas
Chief of Staff

Carol Lazar
Legal Counsel

Samantha Lav
Technical Assistant for Materials

Shakur A. Walker
Technical Assistant for Reactors

Kimberly Lora
Administrative Assistant

Carmel L. Savoy
Administrative Assistant

(Photo of Commissioner David A. Wright)The Honorable David A. Wright was first sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on May 30, 2018, and is currently serving the remainder of a five-year term ending June 30, 2020. He has been reconfirmed to a second term to begin July 1, 2020, and to end June 30, 2025.

Commissioner Wright was Owner/President of Wright Directions, LLC, a strategic energy and water consulting and communications business. During this time, he also was a member of the Advisory Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Nuclear Waste Initiative; and an Ex Officio Member and Chairman Emeritus of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition, an ad hoc organization representing the interests of industry, state officials, local governments and tribes, and consumer advocates.

From 2004-2013, Commissioner Wright served the South Carolina Public Service Commission in a variety of capacities, including Vice Chairman and Chairman. From 2011-2012, he served as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; he had previously served the association in other capacities, including as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. From 2010-2013, Commissioner Wright was a member of the Advisory Board of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Previously, he served as a council member and mayor of Irmo, S.C., and as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

A colon cancer survivor, Commissioner Wright is an advocate for cancer awareness and education, and a former member of the Leadership Council for the Cancer Centers at the University of South Carolina. He was presented with the Community Champions Award by Molina Healthcare of South Carolina in 2016 and the Blue Star Service Excellence Award by the USC Center for Colon Cancer Research in 2014. In 1996, he received South Carolina's highest citizen honor, The Order of the Palmetto.

Commissioner Wright received a bachelor's degree in political science from Clemson University.

June 2020

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