For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
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Asim Z. Haque sworn in as PUCO chairman

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 25, 2016) – Today Asim Z. Haque was sworn in as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).

“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to lead this agency,” said Chairman Asim Haque. “It is so important that we get it right. The PUCO regulates the basic infrastructure that sustains our lives and this economy.”

In May, Gov. John R. Kasich named Asim Haque chairman of the PUCO. As chairman, he leads the state agency that oversees the regulation of electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, commercial transportation companies and household goods movers in Ohio. He also chairs the Ohio Power Siting Board, which reviews, evaluates and approves the siting of electric generation plants and electric and natural gas transmission lines. Haque’s five-year term ends April 10, 2021.

Haque has served as a commissioner of the PUCO since 2013. Before serving as commissioner at the PUCO, Asim Haque, an attorney, began his professional career at a general practice firm in Columbus where he represented a broad spectrum of clients in energy and utility matters.  He went on to serve as internal legal counsel for a global auto manufacturer, a role he held immediately prior to his first appointment to the Commission.

Asim Z. Haque biography

Chairman Asim Haque (left) sworn in by PUCO Commissioner Lynn Slaby (right)

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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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