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For Immediate Release: February 21, 2013
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Indiana's Landis, South Carolina's Hall Picked as New Washington Action Co-Chairs

WASHINGTON—National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Philip Jones of Washington appointed Commissioners Larry Landis of Indiana and Nikki Hall of South Carolina as co-chairs of the Association’s Washington Action program.

Commissioners Hall and Landis are replacing current co-chairs Jones, who is stepping down due to his role as NARUC President, and Commissioner Kevin Gunn of Missouri, who is leaving regulation.

The Washington Action Program serves as NARUC’s heartbeat on the happenings in and throughout the Nation's Capitol. The Committee provides a framework for improving the credibility, visibility, and effectiveness of NARUC in Congress, the Executive Branch, the media, and other stakeholder organizations.

Members of the Washington Action Program meet during NARUC’s three meetings each year. They discuss advocacy strategies and receive updates on legislation, agencies, and court actions.

“The NARUC Washington Action Program is an essential element to our advocacy on Capitol Hill and elsewhere throughout the federal government,” said NARUC President Jones. “Energy and telecommunications issues are priorities in Washington, and this forum gives our members an opportunity to influence key policymakers. I am grateful Commissioners Landis and Hall are volunteering their time and talent; they will bring a bipartisan approach and their own unique perspectives to the job. I also want to thank my friend and outgoing colleague Kevin Gunn for this enthusiastic leadership. Chairman Gunn and I led this committee with an open and inclusive approach, and I am confident Commissioners Hall and Landis will improve upon our successes.”

Commissioner Landis was appointed to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in December 2002. He serves on the NARUC Board of Directors and is State Chair of the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services. In addition, he has served two three-year terms on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Commissioner Landis is also a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations. 

Commissioner Hall was elected to the South Carolina Public Service Commission in June 2010. She is vice chair of the NARUC Subcommittee on Utility Market Access, and is a member of the Association’s Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. Prior to her election, Commissioner Hall served as a magistrate in Richland County, S.C. She began her law career clerking for the Honorable Casey Manning, circuit court judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. Following her clerkship, Commissioner Hall served as a prosecutor in the Fifth Judicial Circuit prosecuting felonies, managing appeals and participating in many major trials.

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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