Commissioner Ronald A. Brisé, the first Haitian-American to serve on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), took the public oath of office before today’s Agenda Conference. The oath was administered by the Honorable Judith W. Hawkins, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Leon County. Commissioners Art Graham and Brisé, both previously sworn in to their new positions, were appointed by Governor Charlie Crist in July to fill two unexpired terms through January 2014. They join Chairman Nancy Argenziano, Commissioner Lisa Polak Edgar, and Commissioner Nathan A. Skop on the panel.
Before his appointment, Commissioner Graham served on the Jacksonville City Council, where he helped oversee the budget of JEA and chaired the Transportation, Energy, and Utilities Committee. He also served on the Jacksonville Beach City Council from 1998 to 2002. Commissioner Graham is a past chair of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and vice-president of the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Association. Commissioner Graham received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Commissioner Brisé previously served the citizens of North East Miami-Dade (District 108) in the Florida House of Representatives for four years, where he was named Democratic Whip from 2006 to 2008 and served as Vice Chairman of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators. Most notably as a legislator, Commissioner Brisé sponsored successful legislation to expand broadband deployment throughout the state making it possible for underserved areas to have access to the technology. Commissioner Brisé was also successful in passing legislation to provide relief from garnishment to heads of families by increasing the amount of retainable earnings before garnishment.
After taking the oath, Commissioner Brisé said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the great people of Florida. Three traits served me well as a legislator – integrity, sound judgment, and sensitivity to all parties – and I will use them well in my new role as Commissioner.”
A past member of the North Miami Planning Commission, Commissioner Brisé is a past president of the Albert C. Pierre Community Center, a member of the NAACP, and a board member of the Haitian-American Scholarship Fund and the Miami Union Academy. Commissioner Brisé received a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama and received MBA degrees in management and marketing from American Intercontinental University in Illinois.
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