For Immediate Release: December 21, 2022

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IBEW Statement on the Confirmation of Robert “Bobby” Klein to the TVA Board

International President Lonnie R. Stephenson issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of retired IBEW Vice President Robert “Bobby” Klein as a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority:

“From its beginning, union members have played an irreplaceable role in powering the Tennessee Valley Authority, so I’m thrilled and honored that a longtime IBEW leader like Bobby Klein is joining its board of directors.

“Vice President Klein long represented IBEW members working at the TVA, including serving on its labor-management committee. Throughout his career, he upheld our union’s commitment to excellence, and I know he will continue to do so as a member of TVA’s leadership.

“His priority is bettering the communities served by the TVA, and he knows what it takes to bring labor and management together to further that goal. I commend President Biden and members of the U.S. Senate on their wise decision.”


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.