Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced last week the appointment of former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council.
The Governors' Office had hoped that the appointment would be effective Oct 1, pending Senate confirmation later this month. But a mutual agreement has been reached to forestall Senate consideration of the appointment until December to assure that any senator that wants to weigh in on the issue has the time to do so, according to the Governor's Office.
The Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Sept. 21 to consider such appointments and other issues. Its recommendations would then be considered during a Senate floor session Sept. 23.
But the Bradbury appointment has been deferred to, potentially, Dec. 14 and Dec. 16 meetings.
"Bill's proven skill at bringing diverse interests together around a common cause, his passion for wild salmon and other wildlife, his love of rivers, and his extensive knowledge of climate and energy issues will make him an excellent representative on the Council," Kulongoski said in a press release announcing the appointment. "We are at a critical time in our energy planning and Bill's ability to look long-term will serve the Council, our state and our entire region well."
Bradbury served as Oregon Secretary of State from 1999 to 2009. He previously served in the Oregon Legislature from 1981 to 1995.
In 1995 Bradbury resigned from the Legislature to head For the Sake of the Salmon, a non-profit organization that works with business owners and environmental groups, as well as public agencies, to find common ground on salmon restoration issues. He served as director of that group until he was appointed as Secretary of State.
Bradbury was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010, but lost in the May primary to former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who will face Republican Chris Dudley in the November general election.
Bradbury would assume the position currently held by Melinda Eden, who has served on the Council since her appointment in 2003. Eden has carried out two full terms and agreed to serve until another appointee had been selected. Bradbury, if confirmed, would serve for the remainder of a three-year term that began Jan. 15, 2010, according to Kulongoski spokeswoman Anna Richter Taylor.
NPCC members representing Oregon serve three-year terms. In Eden's case, she was appointed to complete an unfulfilled term, served two full terms of her own and is now holding down the fort until a new appointee is confirmed by the Oregon Senate.
"Melinda has brought a depth of knowledge and experience to the Council, serving not only Oregon with distinction but representing the interest of the entire Pacific Northwest," said the governor. "I appreciate her willingness to serve beyond her term's limit and hope that her public service and contributions to energy planning for our state can continue in a new capacity."
The NPCC was created by the federal Northwest Power and Conservation Act in 1980. The Council develops and maintains a regional power plan and a fish and wildlife program to balance the Northwest's environment and energy needs. Specifically the Council develops a 20-year electric power plan, develops a program to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydropower development on the Columbia River, and educates and involves the public in the Council's decision-making and planning processes.
The Council consists of eight members with two representatives from each of the four Columbia Basin states (Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon). Members are compensated and serve three-year terms through appointment by the governor and confirmation by the State Senate