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Commissioner David E. Ziegner
Appointed: August 25, 1990, by Governor Bayh
Term Expires: April 1, 2019
Commissioner Ziegner was appointed to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Aug. 25, 1990, by Governor Evan Bayh and reappointed to a full, four-year term in April 1991 and again in December 1995. He was reappointed by Governor Frank O'Bannon in 1999 and 2003. Commissioner Ziegner was reappointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in March 2007 and again in April 2011. Governor Mike Pence reappointed Commissioner Ziegner for an eighth term, expiring in April 2019.
Commissioner Ziegner is the Treasurer of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and is a member and former vice-chair of the NARUC Committee on Electricity and is former chairman of its Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference.
Additionally, Commissioner Ziegner is a former chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University and was a member of the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) Industry Advisory Board. He is a former member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Commissioner Ziegner is a native Hoosier. He earned his B.A. in history and journalism from Indiana University in 1976. He obtained his juris doctor degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1979 and was admitted to the Indiana Bar and U.S. District Court in that same year.
Prior to joining the Commission, he served as a staff attorney for the Legislative Services Agency, where he developed his background in both utility and regulatory issues. As the agency's senior staff attorney, Commissioner Ziegner specialized in legislative issues concerning utility reform, local measured telephone service, the citizen's utility board, and pollution control. Most recently, Commissioner Ziegner was the General Counsel for the Commission.
Ziegner, his wife Barbara, and their daughter Jennifer reside in Greenwood and are members of the Northminster Presbyterian Church.