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For Immediate Release: November 20, 2013
Contact: Rob Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Arkansas's Honorable Elected NARUC President; Edgar, Ackerman Take Leadership Slots

ORLANDO—Arkansas Public Service Commission Chair Colette Honorable was elected by her peers as the leader of the national association representing State utility regulators across the country.

At the conclusion of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ 125th Annual Meeting here, the more than 130 State commissioners in attendance elected Chair Honorable as President of the Association. Chair Honorable succeeds outgoing NARUC Philip Jones of Washington, whose one-year term expired today.

NARUC members also elected Commissioners Lisa Edgar of Florida as First Vice President and Susan Ackerman of Oregon as Second Vice President; each will also serve one-year terms.

NARUC is the national association representing the State utility economic regulators who regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, telecommunications, gas, water, and transportation.

“This is an incredible honor for me and for the State of Arkansas,” said President Honorable. “State governments across this country are leaders in adopting innovative regulatory policies which protect consumers and keep our essential utility services safe, affordable, and reliable. As the regulated utility industries face tremendous change, State commissions are equipped to lead our nation. We must embrace our diversity, celebrate our achievements, and keep driving the conversation. I want to congratulate First Vice President Edgar and Second Vice President Ackerman on their elections; I look forward to working with them, along with my colleagues on the NARUC Executive Committee, our Board, and all of our members. I also want to thank President Jones for his leadership over the past year. Our team is stronger than ever thanks to his service.”

“Congratulations to President Honorable, First Vice President Edgar, and Second Vice President Ackerman,” said Immediate Past President Jones. “I wish to thank them and my colleagues on the Executive Committee—Treasurer David Ziegner of Indiana, Commissioners John Betkoski of Connecticut and Jim Gardner of Kentucky, and NARUC Executive Director Charles Gray—for their support and hard work this year. They embraced my focus on cybersecurity and general risk-aware regulation. We have an amazing group of dedicated public officials who are executing on their pledge to citizens to carry out effective regulation in the public interest. Our nation is indebted to their selfless service and aim to improve regulated utility services. I offer everyone within the broader NARUC community my sincere and heartfelt appreciation.”
   
As President, Chair Honorable will provide general oversight of the Association, serving as the primary voice of the Association, leading NARUC before Congress, the courts, and administrative agencies. She will also be responsible for designating members to the NARUC Board of Directors, committee leadership positions, and other Association appointments as necessary.

President 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 completed her term as First Vice President of the Association. She also recently served as the Association’s Treasurer. In addition, President Honorable chaired the NARUC Task Force on Pipeline Safety and is the immediate past chair of the Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve program. Also, Commissioner Honorable is a member of the NARUC Committees on Consumer Affairs and Gas, along with the Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access. Before her appointment to the PSC, 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.

First Vice President Lisa Edgar of Florida was appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission in January 2005 and was recently reappointed to a third four-year term. She currently serves on the NARUC Board of Directors and is a member of the NARUC Committees on Electricity, Consumer Affairs, and the Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation. She also served on the Federal Communications Commission Universal Service Joint Board, working for efficient, accountable, and fiscally responsible use of universal service funds.

Second Vice President Ackerman of Oregon serves as Chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission. She was first appointed to the agency in March 2010. Within NARUC, Commissioner Ackerman serves on the Board of Directors and is a Co-Vice Chair of the Committee on Electricity. She is also a member for the Association’s former Smart Grid Working Group. In addition, Chair Ackerman is a member of the EPRI Advisory Council and co-chairs the Residential Retrofit Working Group of the public-private SEE Action group.


 

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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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