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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
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Thomas W. Johnson sworn in as PUCO chairman

COLUMBUS, OHIO (April 16, 2014) – Today Governor John R. Kasich swore in Thomas W. Johnson as the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Johnson began his five-year term as commissioner on April 11, 2014, and is the head of the 330-person state agency charged with assuring all residential and business consumers access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices, while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Johnson’s term ends April 10, 2019.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Governor Kasich as PUCO chairman,” stated Chairman Johnson. “The PUCO affects nearly every single household and business throughout Ohio, and I am thoroughly committed to ensuring the PUCO continues to serve Ohioans well through effective yet sensible regulation.”

Prior to serving as PUCO chairman, Johnson served 22 years in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing Southeastern Ohio. While in the Ohio House, Johnson served as chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee. Johnson also served as director of the Office of Budget and Management under Governor Bob Taft from 1999–2006.

Pictured: Chairman Thomas W. Johnson, joined by his daughter, grandaughter and wife, is sworn in by Governor John R. Kasich

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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