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News Release
News Release From Governor's Office
April 10, 2001 (2001 - 016)
Governor Nominates Sen. Lee Beyer, Roy Hemmingway To Public Utility Commission
Contacts: Bob Applegate 503 378-6496; Jon Coney 503-6169; Susan Fletcher 503-378-6307
Governor John Kitzhaber announced today two nominations to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC): State Senator Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) and Roy Hemmingway, the governor’s energy adviser. Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.
Sen. Beyer, who was elected to the Senate in 1998, will, pending confirmation, join the Commission January 1, 2002. Sen. Beyer, a graduate of the University of Oregon, was appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1991 and served there until his election to the Senate. Sen. Beyer is also the executive director of the Eugene-Springfield Metro Partnership. He will replace Commissioner Ron Eachus, who has served on the PUC since 1987.
"Lee Beyer has had a distinguished career as a member of the Oregon House and Senate," Kitzhaber said. "He’ll bring a wealth of knowledge, instinct and problem solving skills to the Commission."
Kitzhaber also thanked Commissioner Ron Eachus for his 14 years of service to Oregonians. "I’ve had the privilege to have Ron Eachus as a legislative colleague and to have him as a partner at the Public Utility Commission helping shape energy and telecommunications policy for the state," Kitzhaber said. "His leadership has helped expand telecommunications access throughout the state and has paved the way for a more efficient utility industry. All Oregonians owe him their thanks."
Hemmingway, 54, who currently serves as Salmon and Energy Policy Adviser to the governor, is being nominated to fill the position currently held by Roger Hamilton, whose term on the PUC has expired. Pending Hemmingway’s confirmation, Hamilton, in turn, will join Gov. Kitzhaber’s Natural Resources staff as a policy adviser.
Hemmingway, who has also overseen the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, has served Gov. Kitzhaber since 1995. In addition, he was one of the original members of the Northwest Power Planning Council from 1981 to 1986, as well as Deputy Public Utility Commissioner and adviser to former Gov. Bob Straub. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Yale University.
The PUC is a three-member board, with one of the members serving as Chair. All members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Terms of service are four years and the positions are full-time.