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News Release
Senate Confirms Joan H. Smith's Reappointment 
To The Public Utility Commission

February 24, 2000 (2000-009)
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611
Salem, OR - Joan H. Smith was confirmed today as a continuing member of the Oregon Public Utility Commission by the Oregon State Senate.
Smith, of Portland, was reappointed to another four-year term by Governor John Kitzhaber in January.
Smith was initially appointed to the PUC in 1990 to complete an unfinished term, and was then reappointed to full four-year terms in 1991 and 1995. Her term ends 2003.
Smith is a nationally recognized leader on telecommunications and regulatory issues. She currently chairs the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Telecommunications, is a member of US WEST Regional Oversight Committee and was a member of the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council.
Smith also played an active role in developing Senate Bill 622 which provides money for telecommunications infrastructure development in rural communities.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University, where she earned a Master of Arts degree as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
The three-member PUC is charged with insuring that the customers of Oregon’s utility industries receive safe, reliable service at reasonable rates, while also allowing the regulated companies to earn a fair rate of return on their investments. Commissioners serve in full-time, paid positions.
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