Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this week that Pendleton’s Henry C. Lorenzen has been nominated to serve on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
If confirmed next week by the state Senate, Lorenzen would in August replace Joan Dukes, who was in January elected to chair the Council. Dukes’ most recent three-year term on the Council expired in January 2011 but she has continued to serve at the pleasure of the governor. Dukes, of Astoria, was appointed to the Council in 2004 by then-Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
The Council includes two appointees each from the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The advisory panel develops and maintains a regional power plan and a fish and wildlife program to balance the Northwest's environment and energy needs. The panel’s work is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, which markets power generated in the federal Columbia/Snake river hydro system.
Kitzhaber on Tuesday announced the submittal of 76 nominees for service on state boards and commissions, all subject to confirmation by the state Senate. As previously announced, the governor also submitted three agency directors for Senate confirmation – Fariborz Pakseresht, Oregon Youth Authority director; Richard Evans Jr., superintendent of State Police; and James Bucholz, Department of Revenue director. The governor also submitted 29 names for reappointment to boards and commissions.
The Senate Rules Committee will hold confirmation hearings on Monday. The full Senate is expected to take confirmation votes Wednesday morning.
An attorney from a third-generation farming family, Lorenzen is a partner in the law firm of Corey, Byler, Rew, Lorenzen & Hojem, LLP, as well as president of H&C Lorenzen Farm, Inc., a 4,000-acre eastern Oregon wheat farm.
He is a past member of the boards of directors for the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the Oregon East Symphony.
Lorenzen has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Department of Justice, a member of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a member and chair of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, and a member of the Oregon Law Commission.
The prospective Council member was also a member, 2003-2007, and president, 2004-2007, of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.
He is also a licensed professional engineer and licensed certified water rights examiner in the state of Oregon.
“We’re very excited to have someone of his caliber” available to fill the Council post, according to Tim Raphael, a spokesman for the governor’s office.
Lorenzen received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University, his MBA from Harvard University, and his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.