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WASHINGTON (October 6, 2021) — The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Paul Kjellander has appointed Commissioners Art Graham and David Ziegner as members of the board of directors.
Graham, a member of the Florida Public Service Commission, is currently a member of NARUC’s Executive Committee. He also serves on the Association’s Committee on Electricity, Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management and the Washington Action Program. He was appointed to the Florida PSC in 2010 to fill the remainder of an unexpired term and was twice reappointed. Graham was elected three times to serve as chairman.
He served previously on the Jacksonville City Council and chaired the Transportation, Energy, and Utilities Committee and is a past chair of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and former vice president of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. Graham also worked as a recovery engineer with Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Living Legends in 2005.
Ziegner is a former member of the NARUC Executive Committee, serving as NARUC treasurer for eight years and was previously on the board of directors in that capacity. He is a member of NARUC’s Committee on Electricity, Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management and Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste. He was appointed to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 1990 and has received continuous reappointments.
He served as a staff attorney for the Legislative Service Agency, where he developed his background in both utility and regulatory issues, specializing in legislative issues concerning utility reform, local measured telephone service, the citizens’ utility board and pollution control.
Ziegner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and journalism from Indiana University and holds a juris doctor degree from the Indiana University School of Law.
“Commissioners Graham and Ziegner are each deeply entrenched in NARUC’s past, present and future,” said Kjellander, who leads the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. “They have undeniable leadership skills and the professional acumen to achieve the Association’s goals.”
The board consists of 20 members, plus the NARUC president, the first and second vice presidents, each past-president (still an active NARUC member) and the chairs of all standing committees. Board appointments are made by the NARUC president and serve four-year terms. As the supervisory body, the board oversees the Association’s general and financial functions and approves resolutions that serve as the Association's policy.
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.