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May 29, 2003
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Schisler Named Chair of Maryland Public Service Commission
ANNAPOLIS - Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. today named Delegate Kenneth D. Schisler Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission. Delegate Schisler, who succeeds Catherine I. Riley, will serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2003.
"Delegate Schisler has been at the center of the debate over public utility regulation in Maryland for more than a decade, earning the respect and trust of his legislative colleagues," said Governor Ehrlich. "He shares my vision of both a competitive marketplace and renewed technology investments that ultimately benefit the consumer."
Schisler, 33, is currently Minority Whip in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he has represented District 37B on the Eastern Shore since 1991. Throughout his tenure, he worked on major reforms in the Telecommunications, electric and natural gas industries. He served on the Task Force for Electric Utility Restructuring in 1998 and, in 1999, was instrumental in the subsequent utility restructuring legislation. Delegate Schisler, who is Associate Attorney at the Easton law firm Cowdrey, Thompson & Karsten, lives in Talbot County with his wife, Amy, and their three daughters.
The Public Service Commission was established in 1910 to oversee public service companies within Maryland. The Commission has jurisdiction over all gas, electric, telephone, telegraph, water, sewage disposal and steam heating companies operating within the State. Also subject to the Commission's jurisdiction are electricity suppliers, fees for pilotage services to vessels, and construction of power generating stations.
"I am honored and humbled by Governor Ehrlich's appointment," said Delegate Schisler. "For thirteen sessions I have had the privilege of representing the Eastern Shore in the House of Delegates. I now look forward to serving the citizens of Maryland at the Public Service Commission."
The Public Service Commission Chair is appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the State Senate. Del. Schisler's appointment is a recess action, which takes effect immediately, and will be subject to confirmation by the State Senate when the General Assembly convenes in January 2004.