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Commissioner John F. Coleman Jr. Elected PUC Vice Chairman

Published on 10/7/2021

Filed under: Electric Gas Motor Carrier Pipeline Rails Telecommunications Transportation and Safety Water and Wastewater

Coleman’s Term as Vice Chairman to Continue Through 2022

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced the election of Commissioner John F. Coleman Jr. to serve as the next Vice Chairman of the PUC, serving in that position through 2022.  The Commission vice chairman is selected annually by election among the Commissioners. 

Vice Chairman Coleman is now in his third term on the PUC.  He was first appointed in 2010 and previously served as Vice Chairman of the Commission from 2011 to 2015.  During his tenure he has been nominated by three different governors—Governors Edward G. Rendell, Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf.

Vice Chairman Coleman is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Gas, and an inaugural member of NARUC’s Pipeline Safety Committee.

His commitment to public service also includes his current role as Chairman of the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Board of Directors.

Vice Chairman Coleman is a certified Economic Development Professional with a strong background in business and finance, capital formation, community and economic development, and business startup and expansion. His professional experience, in addition to his many years of service to the PUC, has made him a valuable resource to the organization.

Prior to joining the PUC, Vice Chairman Coleman served 12 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the nationally accredited Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, the largest member-based business organization in Central Pennsylvania. In that capacity, he also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation, an entrepreneurial development and business finance corporation.

Vice Chairman Coleman is a graduate of Saint Francis University and the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management at Notre Dame.

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