Ex-Oxford mayor Howorth nominated to TVA Board

By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal

WASHINGTON – Richard Howorth of Oxford is President Barack Obama’s choice to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Board of Directors, the White House said today.

Howorth is the former mayor of Oxford and owns Square Books.

His appointment was accompanied by two others:

* Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice

* Myrna Pérez, Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission

President Obama said, “I am proud to nominate such impressive individuals to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Howorth served two terms as the mayor from 2001 to 2009, during which time he was chairman of the authority overseeing the Oxford Electric Department. He also served eight years as a director and officer of the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association, an economic development consortium made up of power association directors and mayors of cities in 29 Mississippi counties in the Tennessee Valley Authority service area.

He is a former president and chairman of the board of the American Booksellers Association, the nation’s trade association of bookstores established in 1900. Howorth holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi.

Monaco is currently the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, where she serves as the Deputy Attorney General’s primary adviser on a broad range of criminal, national security, and civil matters.

Pérez is Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she has worked and published on a variety of voting rights issues.