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WASHINGTON DC – The Biden administration submitted a request to the U.S. Senate last week to withdraw State Rep. Maria Robinson’s name to lead the Department of Energy’;s Office of electricity.

The Senate’s energy committee has been deadlocked on her nomination, with the vote split along party lines.

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The May 3 vote ended in a 10-10 tie, split via party lines, with 10 Republicans opposing her nomination by President Joseph Biden.

This was the second time a vote was schedule on her nomination.

The first vote never took place in March, due a lack of quorum.

In September 2021, President Biden nominated Rep. Robinson to be the next Assistant Secretary of Energy for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

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Rep. Robinson was elected to the 6th Middlesex District state House seat 2018, to replace the late Rep. Chris Walsh. She is the first Korean-American to serve in the Massachusetts legislature.

Rep. Robinson leads the Massachusetts House of Representatives Clean Energy Caucus, serves as the Massachusetts state lead to the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators where she is on the board, and is the only state legislator on the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.

Under the state’s redistricting plan which begins in January 2023, Rep. Robinson would resides in the 7th Middlesex District house seat, along with district’s currently elected official Jack Patrick Lewis.

Robinson did not pull nomination papers to run for another term.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.