Texas Gov. George W. Bush appointedBrett A. Perlman of Houstonto the Public Utility Commission of Texas to serve a term endingSept. 1, 2003. Perlman is a management consultant with McKinsey andCo. Inc., specializing in high technology and telecommunications.He is responsible for providing strategic planning advice to seniorexecutives of Fortune 500 companies. He was previously an attorneywith the law firm of Jenkens and Gilchrist in Houston and from1985-89, was an attorney with the Washington D.C. law firm of AkinGump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

“Brett Perlman shares my view that competition among Texasutilities is good for Texas so long as it results in lower ratesfor consumers,” Bush said. “Brett has a good balance of experienceand knowledge in both public policy and the law, where he has beeninvolved with telecommunications and electricity issues.”

Perlman will fill the unexpired term of Patricia Curran ofAustin, who resigned. The appointment is subject to Senateconfirmation.

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