Lisa Edgar reappointed by Rick Scott to the Public Service Commission

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Lisa Edgar was reappointed late Friday to the Public Service Commission by Gov. Rick Scott, reports David Royse of the News Service of Florida.

Edgar, 49, of Tallahassee, was first appointed to the electric utility regulatory panel by Jeb Bush and is the longest serving member on the commission, having begun in January 2005.

“During her eight years on the Public Service Commission, Lisa has demonstrated the ability to review complex issues and show fairness in considering those issues,” Scott said in a statement.  “I am confident her experience will allow her to continue to be an effective commissioner.”

The job pays $130,000 a year.

“My technical knowledge, background and experience working on the issues that are before the commission will allow me to be an effective commissioner for the next term on behalf of the public interest and Florida’s consumers,” Edgar wrote in her application for the position.

Before joining the PSC, Edgar was a deputy secretary at the Department of Environmental Protection and before that served as a policy analyst in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget under Gov. Lawton Chiles. She has also worked for the Department of Agriculture and the Florida Senate.

After being first appointed to the commission by Bush, she was reappointed to a second four-year term by former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Her new term starts Jan. 2 and goes through 2016. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Her reappointment had been opposed by at least one critic of the PSC, outgoing state Sen. Mike Fasano, who will be elected to the House in November with no opposition. Fasano, a New Port Richey Republican, has sparred with the PSC and electric companies for several years. He had sent Scott a letter saying that the current commission favors the industry too much, urging the governor to begin turning over its membership.

Edgar was chosen by Scott from a list sent to him by a nominating council. She beat out former state Rep. Ken Littlefield, Tampa Bay Water official Donald Polmann and Aventura Commissioner Luz Weinberg.

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