Donna Nelson has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to be chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

The board encourages competition in Texas and ensures electric and telephone operations, services and rates are fair and reasonable.

Nelson is a former special assistant and advisor on energy, telecommunications and cable budget and policy issues in the governor’s office, and has served on the PUC since 2008. She assisted the Governor’s Competitiveness Council with the preparation of the Texas 2008 State Energy Plan, and is past director of the PUC telecommunications section and former legal advisor to the PUC chairman. She is also a former assistant attorney general of Texas, where she specialized in antitrust lawsuits.

Source: Austin Business Journal