By unanimous vote, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today elected Commissioner Julie Brown as Chairman to serve a two-year term beginning January 2, 2016. Commissioner Brown was recently confirmed by the Florida Senate in April, 2015, for a second four-year term after being reappointed by Governor Rick Scott. She was first appointed to the Florida PSC for a term beginning in January 2011 by Governor Charlie Christ.
“I am very appreciative of the support I’ve received from my fellow Commissioners and their confidence in my ability to lead the PSC. I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Commission over the next two years as we address a variety of pressing and imperative issues affecting all Floridians,” said Chair-Elect Brown. “The five of us keenly understand and respect each other’s diverse viewpoints, as members of a collegial body should, but collectively we all have the public’s best interest at the forefront of our decisions.”
A member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Commissioner Brown serves on NARUC’s Committee on Gas, Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues–Waste Disposal, the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee, and on the New Mexico State University’s Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council; she previously served on NARUC’s Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. A member of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition since 2011, she was recently elected to serve on its Executive Committee to lead the group’s efforts to expand membership. Commissioner Brown previously chaired the Florida Legislature’s Study Committee on Investor-Owned Water and Wastewater Utility Systems, which addressed the critical issues facing the industry and customers around the State.
Prior to her PSC appointment, Commissioner Brown was Associate Legal Counsel of First American Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where she handled a variety of legal issues, including corporate compliance with regulatory authorities.
Commissioner Brown graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Female Leader award, President of Florida Blue Key, inducted into the Hall of Fame, and received the Dean’s Cup for the College of Journalism and Communications. She earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, is a member of the Florida Bar, and a member of Leadership Florida, Class XXXIII. Commissioner Brown and her husband, Hank, have two children, Emerson and Tripp.
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