Gov. Abbot names chair of Public Utility Commission of Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed DeAnn Walker to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire September 1, 2021. Additionally, the governor has named Walker chair of PUC.

The PUC regulates the state’s electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.

DeAnn Walker of Austin currently serves as a senior policy advisor to Abbott relating to policy matters on regulated industries. Previously, she served as the director of Regulatory Affairs and as an associate general counsel for CenterPoint Energy, serving there for 15 years.

She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Mary Isham Keith Chapter, and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Southwestern Lieutenancy. Walker received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law.

The Texas PUC has three members, appointed by the governor and affirmed by the Texas Senate to six-year terms.

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