Memphis GOP attorney John Ryder named to TVA board

John L. Ryder

Memphis attorney John L. Ryder, who has served as general counsel at the Republican National Committee from 2013-17 and is a long-time GOP activist, has been picked to fill the last open seat on the board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

President Donald Trump nominated Ryder to fill one of the nine seats on the board that oversees America's biggest government-owned utility, giving Republicans a majority of the 9-member panel for the first time in nearly eight years. If confirmed in the next couple of months by the U.S. Senate, Ryder could assume the $51,005-a-year, part-time job as a TVA director in time for TVA's May board meeting in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., welcomed the appointment of Ryder, calling the Memphis lawyer "a respected leader in Tennessee" who he said "fully understand's TVA mission" in the 7-state region served by he federal utility.