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Gov. Perry Appoints Smitherman to Public Utility Commission

Wednesday, April 21, 2004  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has announced the appointment of Barry T. Smitherman of Houston to the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The three-member PUC encourages competition and customer choice in Texas while ensuring electric and telephone operations, services and rates are fair and reasonable.

Smitherman has served as a Harris County assistant district attorney since Jan. 2003. Prior to joining the district attorney’s office, Smitherman amassed 16 years of experience as a public finance investment banker, including positions as head of J.P. Morgan’s Houston office and managing director and national head of tax-exempt origination at BancOne Capital Markets in Chicago. He is a former adjunct professor of public administration at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

A summa cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, Smitherman received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He received a master’s in public administration from Harvard University, where he received the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s first Joel Leff Fellowship in Political Economy.

This appointment requires Senate confirmation.

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