The Public Utility Commission today welcomed Pamela A. Witmer of Dauphin County to the Commission and thanked the Senate for its unanimous confirmation vote in support of her nomination.
"My colleagues and I are very pleased to welcome Pam to the Commission," Chairman Robert F. Powelson said. "Pam possesses the character, drive, knowledge of the issues and aptitude to be a vital part of the Commission. In my view, Gov. Corbett has made a wise choice in Pam Witmer."
On June 23, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee unanimously approved Gov. Tom Corbett's June 7 nomination of Witmer as PUC Commissioner.
In her confirmation hearing remarks, Witmer promised she would be a "strong, independent Commissioner, thinker and decision-maker on behalf of Pennsylvania's consumers."
Witmer most recently led the energy and environment practice for Harrisburg-based Bravo Group, a governmental and public relations firm. From 2000 to 2007, she was President and CEO of the PA Chemical Industry Council, a trade association.
She formerly served in the Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Tom Ridge as the lead legislative liaison, where she successfully steered legislation through the General Assembly to create the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. She also served on the Corbett Transition Team's Energy & Environment Committee.
Witmer earned a bachelor's degree in public service from the Pennsylvania State University. She lives in Hummelstown, Dauphin County.
Witmer will succeed Commissioner Tyrone J. Christy, whose term on the PUC has expired and whose last Public Meeting will be June 30.