Washington. Indian American community is overjoyed by the latest appointment of President Donald Trump. The President has appointed an Indian in a key policy role.
President Trump has appointed Neil Chatterjee, a renowned lawyer to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As the President wants to move away from Paris environment agreement, Neil Chatterjee will have the arduous task of finalizing the new energy policy in the US. He will have to do a lot of balancing act in the process. And the good thing is that the well-known lawyer is adept in doing just that.
Latest reports suggest that President Trump has appointed Neil Chatterjee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees electricity, natural gas and oil at the national level. Chatterjee will play a key role in Trump’s programme to reshape energy policy, most of which is opposed by environmentalists and Democrats, if his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.
It must be kept in mind that Neil Chatterjee is the second Indian American to be appointed by Trump to a major regulatory position with a controversial mission. A native of Lexington, Ky., Chatterjee has developed a rich network of connections on Capitol Hill and across town in more than a decade in Washington, D.C. Chatterjee held the influential position of energy policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and helped shape energy legislation.
Rebecca Rosen, a former Senate aide and adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is all praise for Chatterjee. “One of the things that sets Neil apart from the pack is his depth of knowledge on the policy as well as his incredible strategic insight…His ability to anticipate how people will act and how complex situations will play out is absolutely amazing”, said she
He has a very long experience in the industry and this will play a major role in defining his role now. Before joining McConnell’s office, Chatterjee spent more than two years as a lobbyist for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, prior to which he worked on Capitol Hill for the House Republican Policy Conference, then-Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), and the Ways and Means Committee stretching back to 2003, according to the congressional staff database LegiStorm. He graduated from St. Lawrence University and received a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
A lawyer by training, he started as an intern with the House Works and Means Committee. Between his stints on Congressional staff, he has been a lobbyist for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Chatterjee, 40, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where his parents worked in cancer research. He is married with two sons and a daughter.
While talking about his family, Chatterjee in an interview said, “I’ve got three amazing children who I try to spend every free moment with. I’m currently coaching two different youth soccer teams that my two boys are on and I think I probably have more fun with it than they do. My daughter, who’s three, has already made me commit that I will coach her team when she’s old enough….At this age, the days are long but the years are short. I try to maximize every available second with them”