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Texas' last Public Utility Commission member resigns at Gov. Greg Abbott's request

Arthur D'Andrea
Posted at 9:10 PM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-17 15:08:00-04

Public Utility Commission Chair Arthur D'Andrea has resigned, Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed Tuesday night.

D'Andrea was the only remaining member of the three-seat commission that regulates the state's electric, telecommunication and water and sewer utilities. The other two commissioners, including the chair at the time, DeAnn Walker, had resigned in recent weeks over fallout related to last month's winter storm.

"Tonight, I asked for and accepted the resignation of PUC Commissioner Arthur D’Andrea," the governor said in a statement, adding that he plans to name "a replacement in the coming days who will have the responsibility of charting a new and fresh course for the agency."

"Texans deserve to have trust and confidence in the Public Utility Commission, and this action is one of many steps that will be taken to achieve that goal," Abbott said.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/16/texas-public-utilty-commission-resignation/.

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