Trump nominates former Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, ETSU President Brian Noland to serve on TVA board

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, who is running to be the GOP's 2018 candidate for governor, talks in her office in the Cordell Hull Building on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and former Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell were nominated Tuesday by President Trump to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors.

If approved by the U.S. Senate, Noland and Harwell will fill the two board vacancies created when the terms of two former TVA directors nominated by President Obama - Democrats Virginia Lodge and Ron Walter - officially ended on Jan. 3.

Both of the nominees earned doctoral degrees in Tennessee and have worked with TVA in their leadership roles in the state in Nashville and Johnson City.

Harwell, a 62-year-old Nashville Republican who served in the state Legislature for 20 years, is a former teacher and professor at both Lipscomb University and Middle Tennessee State University who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Tennessee in 2018 in a crowded GOP field ultimately won by Bill Lee.