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NARUC Elects New Leadership

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Commissioner David Wright

Commissioner David Wright

On November 16, South Carolina Public Service Commissioner David Wright officially became President of NARUC.

At the conclusion of the 123rd Annual NARUC Meeting in St. Louis, the more than 130 State commissioners in attendance elected Commissioner Wright as President of the Association. Commissioner Wright succeeds NARUC President Tony Clark of North Dakota, whose term expired. Under NARUC bylaws, Association presidents serve one year terms.

NARUC members also elected Commissioner Philip Jones of Washington as First Vice President and Colette Honorable as Second Vice President; each will serve one-year terms. President Wright, in his first official decision, appointed Commissioner David Ziegner of Indiana as Treasurer, replacing Chair Honorable as she moves up the leadership ranks.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected by my peers to lead this Association,” President Wright said. “There is no reason to sugar coat it: We are in difficult financial times, and the utility industries and their consumers are facing unprecedented challenges. Effective regulation is key to maintaining reliable utility services at affordable, reasonable rates. Surpassing our challenges will take an inclusive, team-based approach, and I look forward to working with my State regulatory colleagues in leading the charge. I want to thank President Clark for his judicious leadership of NARUC over the past year. I hope to build on his groundbreaking tenure. I also congratulate my colleagues Commissioners Jones and Honorable on their elections, and I thank Commissioner Ziegner for serving as the Association’s Treasurer.”

“Congratulations to President Wright, First Vice President Jones, and Second Vice President Honorable,” said Immediate Past President Clark. “Their support and hard work over the past year was crucial during my term as President. Throughout my tenure, we stressed the importance of strong and open communications—with the general public, our federal colleagues, the utility sector, and amongst ourselves. Maintaining a frank dialogue removes uncertainty and helps bring solutions as we face uncertain times. Serving as NARUC President has been my tremendous honor.”

President David Wright was elected to the South Carolina Public Service Commission in March 2004. Within NARUC he has served as Chair of the Association’s Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues—Waste Disposal. President Wright is also a member of NARUC’s Electricity Committee. In addition, he is a past president of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Also, Commissioner Wright co-chairs the National Yucca Mountain Task Force and serves as Chair of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition. Prior to his election to the PSC, Commissioner Wright served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from November 1988-November 1996.

A colon cancer survivor, President Wright is active as an advocate for cancer awareness and is frequently asked to share his message with groups around South Carolina. He is also a member of the Leadership Council for the Cancer Centers at the Uiversity of South Carolina.

Commissioner Philip Jones

Commissioner Philip Jones

First Vice President Philip Jones was appointed to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in early 2005. He is an active NARUC member, serving on the Association’s International and Telecommunications committees. He is Co-Chairman of NARUC’s Washington Action Committee, and also serves as Chairman of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Board of Directors. Prior to his commission appointment, he served as managing director of Cutter & Buck (Europe), BV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for five years. Before that he served as senior legislative assistant to former Washington Sen. Daniel J. Evans, and staffed him on energy policy issues and for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as international trade policy.

Chairman Colette Honorable

Chairman Colette Honorable

Second Vice President Colette Honorable was appointed to the Arkansas Public Service Commission by Governor Mike Beebe in October 2007, and was designated Chairman in January 2011. Within NARUC, she recently completed a term as Treasurer of the Association. She is the immediate past chair of the NARUC Task Force on Pipeline Safety and the Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve program. Commissioner Honorable previously served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. Prior to her gubernatorial appointments, Commissioner Honorable served as Chief of Staff for Attorney General Mike Beebe. She worked in the Attorney General’s Office for over five years, serving as an assistant attorney general in the Consumer and Civil Litigation Departments, and as senior assistant attorney general in Medicaid Fraud.

Commissioner David Ziegner

Commissioner David Ziegner

Treasurer David Ziegner was first appointed to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 1990, and has been reappointed six times. He has served NARUC in multiple capacities, most recently as Co-Vice Chair of the Committee on Electricity, past Chair of the Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration, and as a member of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference. In addition, Commissioner Ziegner is a former chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University and a member of the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) Industry Advisory Board. He is a former member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

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