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News Release
News Release
Commission Chairman Steps Down for Job in Washington D.C.
Dec. 29, 2010
Contacts: Ray Baum, Chairman, 503 378-6611;Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
Salem. OR. Oregon Public Utility Commission Chairman Ray Baum announced today he will be leaving the Commission Jan. 16, 2011 to work for Republican Congressman Greg Walden in Washington D.C.
"It has been a privilege serving as Chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission and I will always cherish the friendships I made with my fellow commissioners and staff. I look forward to working with Greg as a friend but also as a great Congressman for Oregon. I am excited for his chairmanship and the opportunities it presents for Oregon and look forward to doing all I can to assist him in that effort."
Ray Baum was first appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) in August of 2003 and was reappointed to another four-year term in September of 2007. He was named Chairman of the Commission by Governor Kulongoski effective March 1, 2010. His current four-year term expires in August of 2011.
  • Oregon Broadband Advisory Council (Chairman)
  • Northern Tier Transmission Group Steering Committee
  • Oregon Global Warming Commission
  • Governor’s Energy Policy Council
  • NARUC Telecommunications Committee (Chairman)
  • Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (State Chair)
  • NARUC Task Force on Intercarrier Compensation (former Chairman), which produced the Missoula Plan
  • NARUC Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration
He has made numerous presentations at utility conferences and legal seminars on topics ranging from telecommunications to energy conservation and efficiency.
In November of 2009, he testified before the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce on Federal Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation reform.
In March of 2006, he testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on intercarrier compensation reform.
In December of 2006, he testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on ring fencing and cross-subsidies protections under Oregon’s merger/acquisition and financing laws.

Prior to his appointment to the OPUC he was a country lawyer for 20 years. During his years practicing law he also served eight years in the Oregon legislature.  He served as Chair of the Joint Committee on Trade and Economic Development, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and was the House Majority Leader.  Before his appointment to the OPUC he served five years as an Oregon Liquor Control Commissioner. 
He received his Bachelor of Science in Financial and Estate Planning with a minor in Agricultural Economics in 1980 from Brigham Young University and his J.D. in 1983 from Willamette University Law School in Salem, Oregon.