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For Immediate Release: January 7, 2014
Contact: Rob Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Michigan's White Appointed Chair of NARUC Washington Action Program

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas appointed Commissioner Greg White of Michigan as chair of the Association’s Washington Action program.

Commissioner White succeeds former co-chairs Commissioner Nikki Hall of South Carolina, who was recently named chair of NARUC’s Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access, and Commissioner Larry Landis of Indiana, who has retired.

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.

“Over the next several years, Washington policymakers will be making decisions that will dramatically impact utility policies and regulation,” President Honorable said. “NARUC’s Washington Action program plays a central part to our advocacy strategy and credibility. Commissioner White will ensure that the Association’s views are represented and respected in Congress and elsewhere. His strong background in legislative affairs will serve all of us well.

“I also want to thank our outgoing chairs. I’ve called Commissioner Hall to head our diversity panel and look forwarding to furthering our goals. As for Commissioner Landis, I add my voice to those who have saluted his hard work and dedication not only to NARUC and Washington Action, but to impartial, nonpartisan utility regulation.”

Commissioner White was appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to serve on the Michigan Public Service Commission in December 2009. His term ends July 2, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner White served as the Legislative Liaison for the commission and represented the agency before Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, and the Michigan Legislature on matters related primarily to energy, utilities, telecommunications, and the motor carrier industries.

“I am honored and humbled by this appointment,” Program Chair White said. “I am grateful for the trust President Honorable is placing in me to chair this important program. The federal government is addressing some of the biggest utility issues in decades and the State role is paramount to ensure a positive result for all. I look forward to working with my colleagues and join President Honorable in thanking our past Co-Chairs Hall and Landis.”
 

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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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