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Oregon Senate Approves PUC Nominations Of Roy Hemmingway And Lee Beyer
May 14, 2001 (2001 - 021)
Contacts:  Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR --The Oregon State Senate confirmed Roy Hemmingway and Lee Beyer today as members of the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
Hemmingway, originally nominated to fill the post currently held by Roger Hamilton, will instead replace Chair Ron Eachus immediately upon confirmation.
Eachus has served on the Commission for 14 years.
Senator Lee Beyer, originally nominated to fill the post currently held by Commissioner Eachus, will instead replace Hamilton effective September 1, 2001. Hamilton will then join the staff of the Governor's Natural Resource Office.
Hemmingway, 54, currently serves as Salmon and Energy Policy Advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber. Hemmingway was one of the original members of the Northwest Power Planning Council from 1981 to 1986. He also served as Deputy 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.
Senator Lee Beyer, 52, a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Public Administration, 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.
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. The positions are full-time and terms of service are four years.
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