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Orjiakor N. Isiogu
Commissioner (Chair 2007-2011)
Orjiakor N. Isiogu was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm from September 9, 2007 to September 14, 2011. He continued serving as a Commissioner until his term ended July 2, 2013.
Previously, Mr. Isiogu served as the Director of the Telecommunications Division of the Michigan Public Service Commission since 2003. The Telecommunications Division is responsible for providing the Commission with technical assistance and policy recommendations on telecommunications issues impacting the state of Michigan and its citizens. In this role, he advised the Commissioners in all activities relating to the regulation of basic local telephone services, Emergency 911 service, telephone service for the speech and hearing impaired and all other state regulatory requirements as defined by Public Act 179 of 1991, as amended, known as the Michigan Telecommunications Act (MTA) and the Federal Telecommunications Act (FTA). In addition, Mr. Isiogu was responsible for the administration of the Michigan Children's Protection Registry Act (2004 PA 241) and the Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act (2006 PA 480).
Prior to acting as Director of the Telecommunications Division, Mr. Isiogu was an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Division of the Michigan Attorney General's office where he served since 1989. The Special Litigation Division advocated on behalf of the Attorney General before the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and federal and state trial and appellate courts. While at the Attorney General's office, Mr. Isiogu worked under three Attorneys General and served on the Litigation Advisory Board. As an Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Isiogu represented the state, its agencies as well as the consumer interests in state and federal proceedings involving utilities such as natural gas, electric and telecommunications.
Mr. Isiogu earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, and holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Wayne State University.