Gov. Dayton announced today that he's appointing DFL Sen. Ellen Anderson to the Public Utilities Commission. The appointment means Anderson will leave the Minnesota Legislature after serving there for 19 years.
Anderson has chaired the Senate Energy and Utilities and Telecommunications Committee during her time. She's also argued for energy companies to increase the use of renewable energy and has been advocate to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Anderson will submit her resignation, effective March 20th. Dayton has called a special primary for March 29th. The General Election will be April 12th.
Anderson represents St. Paul and Falcon Heights.
This will be a huge loss to the Minnesota Senate and a huge gain for the PUC. Ellen's knowledge and grasp of the complexity of the inter-connectedness of power generation and transmission/health/environment is second to none.
An excellent choice.
A great choice for PUC, but she will be hard to replace in the Senate - she has done a very good job representing her constituents.