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John G. Strand

Commissioner (Chair 1993-2001)

On October 18, 1993, Governor John Engler appointed John G. Strand to be Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). In August of 1999 Chairman Strand was reappointed to a term expiring July 2, 2001. The three-member MPSC is responsible for the regulation of electricity, natural gas, telephone services, and some transportation services.

Prior to being appointed to the MPSC, Mr. Strand had been a Tribunal Judge for the Michigan Tax Tribunal since January 1993. He had previously served six terms as a state legislator beginning in 1981, serving in a leadership position and as vice-chairman of the insurance committee and as a member of the taxation and judiciary committees.

Mr. Strand was a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Strand also served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Electricity and on the NARUC Gas Committee. He was also the Chairman of the NARUC Nuclear Issues, Waste Disposal Subcommittee. He was also a member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Mr. Strand earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Economics and Political Science in 1973 and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1976.

Mr. Strand, 48, his wife Cathy, and sons Michael and Matthew resided in East Lansing, Michigan.