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Sirote Attorney Joe Ritch Receives Presidential Nomination To Key Administration Post

October 18, 2012

Joe H. Ritch, an attorney with Sirote & Permutt’s Huntsville office, has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) by President Barack Obama. If confirmed, Ritch will become only the second Alabamian to be appointed to the Board in the TVA’s 79-year history.

The only other Alabamian to serve on the TVA Board was also from Huntsville – Howard A. Thrailkill, former president of Adtran Inc. Thrailkill, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, left the Board in December of 2010 after serving more than four years.

Ritch has been active in Huntsville economic development work for much of his legal career and is the longtime chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). Under Ritch's leadership, the Tennessee Valley BRAC committee successfully marketed Redstone Arsenal as a destination for military commands designated for relocation. Thousands of jobs have moved to the North Alabama and Southern Tennessee because of the relocations.

"It's an honor to be nominated by the president, and I am fortunate to be practicing with a firm that supports community involvement of this type," Ritch said. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation hearings which are expected to begin in late 2012 or early 2013.

The Huntsville Times featured an article about Ritch's nomination in its Government section.

About Joe H. Ritch
Joe H. Ritch is an attorney at the Sirote & Permutt law firm in Huntsville, Alabama, where he has worked since 1982. He has served as Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment and Closures Committee since 1994 and as Co-Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Growth Coordination Group since 2008. He also served as a Member of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011. Ritch serves on the Board of Directors at several other companies and nonprofits, including Axiometrics and the Von Braun Center for Innovative Science. He received a B.S. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a J.D. from Samford University, and an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University.

About TVA
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is the largest public utility in the nation providing power to millions of homes and businesses across the Southeast. TVA plays a critical role in economic development efforts in both urban and rural communities. For more information about the TVA, visit www.tva.gov/.


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