Hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee - Nomination
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SEN. SAXBY CHAMBLISS (R-GA): Thank you very much, Madam Chairman. And I appreciate your courtesy of allowing me to be here this morning to share the introduction of a great Georgian with my longtime dear friend, my colleague Johnny Isakson.
I am very proud to introduce a University of Georgia graduate a man who is distinguished himself in our state over the last number of decades, and I want to give my wholehearted support for the nomination of Tom Gilliland to the TVA board.
Tom has been a friend for many years, has financial background in judicious demeanor make him well qualified to sit on this very important board. Tom is the executive vice president, secretary, and general counsel for the United Community Banks, which is the third- largest bank holding company in our state, and therefore from a financial background standpoint he certainly has the qualifications to sit on this board.
In addition, Tom lives in the TVA service area, he and his wife live in Blairsville, Georgia, which is a very beautiful part of our state. He's very acknowledgeable about the environmental, recreation, and power resources provided by TVA.
And in addition, as a businessman he knows and understands and economic impact that TVA has on our state and the entire region it serves. I'm particularly pleased that the committee is considering Tom's nomination, because although over 100,000 Georgia households are served by TVA, the state of Georgia has never been represented on this board.
TVA provides power to customers in ten counties in our state, served by three electric membership corporations. The TVA also has reservoirs located in Georgia as well. These reservoirs have a combined surface area of 14,522 acres and 300 miles of shoreline.
Finally, Georgia is home to over 750 TVA retirees and their families. Clearly there are a number of ties between North Georgia and the TVA, and Tom's conformation to the TVA board will enhance the existing relationship, and I believe he will be a great asset to the TVA board.
So I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to introduce my friend Tom Gilliland. I believe you will find him worthy of the position that -- for which he has been nominated, and I urge you to move his nomination very quickly.
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