Chairman James D. Atterholt
Appointed: Feb. 9, 2017, by Governor Holcomb
Term Expires: February 1, 2020
Jim Atterholt was appointed chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission by Governor Eric J. Holcomb on Feb. 9, 2017. Governor Mitch Daniels originally appointed Atterholt as chairman of the Commission, and he served from 2010 to 2014. Atterholt had a break in his service at the Commission to serve as chief of staff to Governor Mike Pence from 2014 through 2016.
Atterholt has dedicated much of his life to public service. Before coming to the Commission, he was the State Insurance Commissioner under Governor Daniels for more than four years, where he also served as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. He was elected and served two terms as a member of the Indiana General Assembly from 1998 to 2002. As a State Representative, he served on the House Commerce, Economic Development and Technology Committee, which had jurisdiction over all utility-related legislation. Atterholt also was a member of the Environmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Labor Committee. Atterholt worked as Director of Government Affairs for AT&T-Indiana from 2003 to 2004.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Atterholt received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. He also has worked as chief of staff in Washington, D.C., and later as district director in Indiana for a member of the United States Congress where his responsibilities included energy issues. Atterholt is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Atterholt previously served as a member of the board of directors for the Organization of MISO States and the Organization of PJM States. Married for 29 years to his wife, Brenda, they are blessed with three children and currently reside in Indianapolis.