By a unanimous vote, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) elected Commissioner Art Graham as Chairman to serve a two-year term beginning January 2, 2014. Commissioner Graham previously served as PSC Chairman from October 2010 through January 1, 2012 and worked with his colleagues and industry representatives to find ways to hold down rates for Florida's consumers and businesses.
“Serving again as Chairman is a huge privilege, and I appreciate the support of my fellow commissioners and their confidence in my leadership,” said Chairman-Elect Graham. “We bring varying backgrounds to the bench, enabling us to carefully consider critical issues as a collegial body to benefit the public interest, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve.”
Commissioner Graham was appointed to the PSC by Governor Charlie Crist in July 2010 and was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve a term through January 2014. In October, Governor Scott selected Graham to serve another four-year term on the Commission through January 2018.
Commissioner Graham is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and serves on the Committee on Water. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Graham served on the Jacksonville City Council. Among his duties as Council Member, Commissioner Graham helped oversee the budget of JEA, a publicly owned electric, water, and wastewater utility, and chaired the Transportation, Energy, and Utilities Committee. He also served on the Jacksonville Beach City Council from 1998 to 2002.
He is a past chair of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and vice president of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. He was President of ART Environmental Consulting Services from 2005 to 2009 and was a recovery engineer with Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper from 1995 to 2002. A sales engineer with Betz PaperChem from 1991 to 1995, Commissioner Graham was a regional sales manager from 1989 to 1991 for Goodyear Tire and Rubber, where he also held an application engineer position from 1988 to 1989.
Commissioner Graham received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He is also a 2001 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and a 2008 graduate of Leadership Florida.
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