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12/05/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

Matthew M. Carter II Elected Chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission

TALLAHASSEE —  Florida’s Public Service Commission unanimously elected Matthew M. Carter II Chairman for a two-year term.

Commissioner Carter, who began his four-year term in January 2006, will begin his Chairmanship in January 2008.

“I am honored to serve the people of Florida, and I am committed to ensuring that the state’s consumers receive quality service from the companies we regulate,” said Commissioner Carter. “One of our main charges is to keep in mind how our decisions affect the 18 million people living in our great state and to be fair in our decision-making.”

Commissioner Carter currently serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Water, the Committee on International Relations, and the Committee on Critical Infrastructure.

Commissioner Carter is the son of the late Rev. Matthew and Pearl Carter.  He was born in Douglas, Georgia and attended public schools there.  He graduated from Atkinson County High School in Pearson.  After graduating, he volunteered for the United States Army, where he served in the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington, D.C. and the First Armored Division in Germany.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, Commissioner Carter attended Tallahassee Community College where he graduated with honors.  He then attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve and later the Florida National Guard.

Commissioner Carter is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law. He obtained a Master's degree in Theological Science from Smith Chapel Bible College and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the St. Thomas Christian College. Commissioner Carter is currently pastor of the Beulah Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Gretna, Florida, where he also serves as President of the Congress of Christian Education (Union Baptist Association) and Vice Moderator for the Gadsden County Baptist Association. Commissioner Carter is married to the former Rita Taylor (of Enigma, Georgia), and they have two children.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers 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 monitors safety, reliability, and service.

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