Ann Arbor, Michigan — May 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Univ. of Michigan law prof Steven Croley confirmed by Senate as general counsel for U.S. Energy Dept.


University of Michigan law professor Steven Croley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as general counsel for the U.S. Energy Department this week. Croley, the husband of State Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, has been working for the White House as deputy assistant and deputy counsel to President Obama and spends his weeks working at the White House. He is currently on leave from his position as professor at the University of Michigan law school.

A University of Michigan law professor will become the top attorney at the U.S. Department of Energy after the U.S. Senate voted Monday to confirm his appointment.

Steven Croley, on leave from the university, earned the new post following a voice vote Monday evening with no debate. President Barack Obama nominated Croley in August 2013 to become general counsel for the Energy Department, where he’ll oversee the legal team and advise Secretary Ernest Moniz on policy matters. […]

He’ll serve at the pleasure of the president, whose term ends at the start of 2017. Until then, he’s interested in what U.S. energy sources will be going forward as part of the “all of the above” energy policy. That’s the term the president uses to describe the U.S. relying on a variety of sources — such as coal, nuclear, wind, solar, gas, oil — to become more energy independent.

The challenge now, Croley said, is what the balance of those sources should be and how to best promote them simultaneously.

“It is a compelling set of public policy issues that are relevant today and will be relevant in the foreseeable future,” he said.

It’s great to see someone from Michigan getting such high accolades and recognition. It’s even better because Steve and his family are friends who live in Scio Township not far from me : )

Congratulations, Steve. Make us proud!