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Massachusetts State Representative Maria Robinson nominated to key role in Department of Energy

The Biden administration announced last week it has nominated Rep. Maria Robinson (D-Mass.) to the post of Assistant Secretary in the Office of Electricity.

Robinson currently serves on the board of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, and is the leader of the House of Representatives Clean Energy Caucus. She is also the sole state lawmaker on the House Committee for EPA Clean Air Act. If her nomination is confirmed, she would serve under Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

Robinson tweeted on Wednesday after announcing her nomination, “To have the opportunity to serve my country using my background in energy policy is a dream come true, as is serving under @SecGranholm, a leader I have long admired for her smarts and bravery.” 

Granholm returned Robinson’s sentiments, releasing an official statement of her own, saying “I am grateful to President Biden for nominating Maria Robinson to serve…Maria has been leading the charge for clean energy in Massachusetts, and her political smarts and technical expertise will help us turn President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 into reality.”

Robinson’s pre-political resumé includes leading Advanced Energy Economy’s Wholesale Markets program, a role that entailed frequent communication between herself and government officials at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

The 34 year old South Korean native – and the state’s first Korean-American state legislator –  was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2018, and has spent much of her career advocating for a shift to clean energy, establishing a reputation as a champion for the cause.

Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a key author of the Green New Deal, released an official statement on Wednesday lauding Robinson’s accomplishments in the fight for a greener future. Markey said of the nominee, “From working to secure solar and energy efficiency projects for the Commonwealth, to serving as the only state legislator on the EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, Maria Robinson has established herself as a bold and experienced leader in the fight for a clean energy future. With this nomination, I have no doubt that Maria will bring the same brilliance, passion, and knowledge to the Department of Energy that she has gifted to our Commonwealth. I will be working with my colleagues to support her swift confirmation.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: METRO WEST DAILY NEWS

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