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April 11, 2001
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The Maryland Public Service Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Gail C. McDonald to serve as Commissioner. The Public Service Commission exercises jurisdiction over the distribution of natural gas and electricity; local and intrastate Telecommunications; privately owned water and sewage disposal companies; steam heating, and certain transportation companies operating in the State of Maryland.

Commissioner McDonald, a Prince George's County resident with regulatory experience, "will be an immediate asset to a Commission recognized for its progressive decisions in regulating the industry," said Chairman Catherine I. Riley.

Commissioner McDonald has a long history of public service at both the State and Federal level. She was appointed in 1999 to a four-year term by Governor Parris Glendening to serve as a Board Member of the Injured Workers Insurance Fund.

At the time of her PSC appointment, Commissioner McDonald was National Ombudsman for Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement, serving under Small Business Administration Administrator Aida Alvarez. She was responsible for helping resolve regulatory problems with 31 major federal agencies.

In 1995, President William J. Clinton appointed Commissioner McDonald as the first female Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Prior to that appointment, President Clinton appointed Commissioner McDonald to serve as Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). This followed her appointment by President George Bush to serve as a Commissioner on the ICC in 1990.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees, The Accokeek Foundation; the Board of Directors, American Indian Institute; Member, Women's Transportation Seminar; and is a Volunteer at the Washington Humane Society. Commissioner McDonald was voted "Woman of the Year" in 1991 by the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar.

She holds a M.A., Twentieth Century American History, and a B.A., History and English, from Texas Christian University. She has been a part-time instructor of history at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus.

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