John Tuma (’88) Named to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Governor Mark Dayton has appointed John Tuma (’88) to a six-year term on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), effective today. The five-member PUC regulates the state’s electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications industries.
Tuma has worked on energy policy issues for a number of organizations. At the time of his PUC appointment, he was serving as a government relations associate with Conservation Minnesota, and he has previously held policy positions at the Minnesota Inter-County Association and the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. Tuma served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995-2002, helping to gain bipartisan support for key energy legislation, including the bill establishing Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard. As an attorney, he has practiced in the areas of workers’ compensation, criminal law, business, real estate, special education law, and personal injury litigation.
“John Tuma’s experience and expertise in energy policy will make him an excellent member of the Public Utilities Commission,” Dayton said. “Over more than two decades of legal, legislative, and advocacy work, Mr. Tuma has had a tremendous impact on shaping Minnesota’s energy policies. I have great confidence that he will fulfill his duties on the commission with excellence and vigor.”