United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Jeff Baran

The Honorable Jeff Baran was sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Jan. 2, 2015, to serve the remainder of the term ending June 30, 2018. He was originally sworn in as a Commissioner on Oct. 14, 2014, to a term ending June 30, 2015.

Commissioner Baran worked for the U.S. House of Representatives for over 11 years. He most recently served as Staff Director for Energy and Environment for the Democratic staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He previously served as senior counsel to the Committee. During his tenure with the Energy and Commerce Committee, oversight of NRC was one of his primary areas of responsibility.

Commissioner Baran worked on a range of NRC issues, including new reactor licensing, existing reactor oversight and decommissioning, high-level and low-level waste, and uranium mining, milling, and enrichment. He helped coordinate the efforts of six federal agencies, including the NRC, and two Native American tribes to clean up uranium contamination in and around the Navajo Nation. He also helped negotiate bills related to pipeline safety, energy efficiency, hydropower, and medical isotopes that were enacted with bipartisan support.

From 2003 to 2008, he was counsel to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Commissioner Baran served as a law clerk for Judge Lesley Wells of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Commissioner Baran earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in political science from Ohio University. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.
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