Susan Ackerman was reappointed to a four-year term on the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC). Ackerman was originally appointed in March 2010 to fill the remainder of the term of Chairman Lee Beyer, who resigned to run for his old seat in the state legislature where he now serves in the Senate. She was then appointed to a full term. Prior to her first appointment panel, Ackerman was an energy attorney in private practice. Her new term expires March 13, 2016.

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Chair Elizabeth Ames Jones has resigned from the commission to campaign full time for the District 25 seat of the Texas Senate. “I am grateful to Gov. Rick Perry for having appointed me to an unexpired term on the commission in 2005 and to the millions of Texas voters who elected me to the position in 2006,” she said. “I am proud to have been a leader in the responsible oversight of the new drilling techniques, which evolved from horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing and which have created an economic boom for the benefit of all Texans, especially in the Eagle Ford Shale play, south of San Antonio.”

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