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Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

IURC > Commission Chair and Commissioners > Chairman James D. Atterholt Chairman James D. Atterholt

Appointment: Chairman
Appointed: June 22, 2009, by Governor Daniels
Term Expires: April 2017


Jim Atterholt was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels on June 22, 2009 to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. On October 5, 2010, he was appointed chairman and was reappointed on March 26, 2013 for a full term by Governor Mike Pence. Prior to joining the Commission, he was the State Insurance Commissioner for more than four years, where he also served as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.

Atterholt has dedicated much of his life to public service. 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 has jurisdiction over all utility-related legislation. Atterholt was also a member of the Environmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Labor Committee.  Before returning to public service as the State Insurance Commissioner, 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. Atterholt has also 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) where he serves on the Committee on Gas. Atterholt has served as a member of the board of directors for the Organization of MISO States and currently serves on the board of directors for the Organization of PJM States. He also serves on the board of directors of the Saint Florian Center for at-risk children. Married for 25 years to his wife, Brenda, they are blessed with three children and currently reside in Indianapolis.

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