Governor Names New Chairman to Ohio Utility Commission

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The governor has named a new chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Asim Z. Haque takes over for PUCO Chairman Andre Porter, whose last day is May 20.

Republican Gov. John Kasich’s appointment of Haque as Ohio’s top utility regulator still requires the Ohio Senate’s consent.

The Columbus resident is the current vice chair. He’s served on the commission since 2013.

Haque holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and political science from Case Western Reserve University and a law degree from Ohio State University.

Porter’s resignation last month marked the fourth departure from the commission’s helm since Kasich was elected in 2010. Porter is leaving for the private sector.

A nominating council is charged with recommending replacements to Kasich for filling the vacant seat.