Nancy Argenziano was unanimously confirmed by the Florida Senate today as a new commissioner of the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). Governor Charlie Crist appointed Commissioner Argenziano to serve a four-year term effective May 2, 2007.
“I consider the responsibility of a Public Service Commission member to be one of the highest in the State,” said Commissioner Argenziano. “The people of Florida deserve compassionate representation when it comes to utility oversight and regulation. I look forward to using my experience to provide the state’s consumers a strong voice on the Commission.”
Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Argenziano served as a State Senator representing District Three. She was elected to the Senate in 2002 and subsequently reelected in 2004. Before serving in the Senate, she served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1996-2002.
Commissioner Argenziano’s legislative career focused on the protection of the elderly and other vulnerable citizens, resource protection, and full participation of citizens in their government. Notable legislation which she sponsored includes nursing home reform; “local sources first;” two pharmacy discount programs; a law providing for clearing the courtroom for victim sex crime testimony; enhanced penalties for crimes against the elderly; Public Counsel representation in utility rate cases; protection of our springs, a “scambusters” program for the protection of consumers; and protection of our children from sexual predators, namely the Jessica Lunsford Act.
During the 2007 Legislative Session, Commissioner Argenziano was chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. She also served on the Senate Governmental Operations Committee, Senate Regulated Industries Committee, Senate Health Policy Committee, Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee, and the Senate Law and Justice Policy and Calendar Committee.
Commissioner Argenziano was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Florida in 1971. She attended Broward Community College, majoring in pre-veterinary medicine. Commissioner Argenziano also received her Florida Real Estate License in 1986 from the Gold Coast Real Estate School. She has one son, Joseph, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Commissioner Argenziano in her new capacity,” said PSC Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar. “Senator Argenziano’s dedication and enthusiasm for consumer advocacy and Florida's future will serve to further highlight the Commission’s commitment to ensuring Floridians receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner.”
The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.