[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/12/art.getty.duncan.jpg caption=" Mike Duncan, former head of the Republican Party, fell short in his re-election bid last month."](CNN) – Former Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan was elected to head up the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors in a 4-3 vote Thursday morning.
Duncan had served on two committees at the TVA, a federally owned corporation responsible for energy, environment, and economic development in the South.
The former head of the Republican Party fell short in his re-election bid last month, telling committee members that running the committee “has truly been the highlight of my life.”
Duncan will succeed current TVA chairman William B. Sansom, whose term expires May 18.