|Louisiana Public Service Commission District 1|
|January 1, 2009 - Present|
|December 31, 2014|
|Years in position||5|
|Chair, Louisiana Public Service Commission|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Brother Martin High School|
|Bachelor's||Louisiana State University (1981)|
|J.D.||Southern University Law School (1985)|
|Other||LLM, Tulane University Law School (1986)|
|Birthday||October 1, 1958|
|Place of birth||New Orleans, Louisiana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Skrmetta has earned endorsements from several state organizations, which can be found here. He faces two challengers in his 2014 re-election, as well as scrutiny over an alleged email he sent to the Gulf State Renewable Energies Industry Association seeking support for his campaign. Read more about ethics concerns raised by opponent Forest Wright in the campaign issues section.
Skrmetta has been a practicing attorney since 1985, and a practicing mediator since 1989. He is active in Republican State Central Committee District 81, along with numerous community, civic and religious organizations.
- Graduate, Brother Martin High School
- B.S., Louisiana State University (1981)
- J.D., Southern University Law School (1985)
- LLM, Tulane University Law School (1986)
Louisiana Public Service Commission (2009-present)
Skrmetta has represented District 1 on the Louisiana Public Service Commission since 2009. He was elected commission chairman by the five elected members of the commission in January of 2013.
Skrmetta is running for re-election to his seat on the Public Service Commission, representing District 1 in 2014. The election will be held on November 4, 2014, with a general election, if necessary, on December 6.
Skrmetta received the endorsements of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the state Republican Party and the Louisiana Sheriff's Organization prior to the November election.
Ethics concerns over solar policy
Skrmetta attracted attention and challengers for his November re-election bid after ethics concerns emerged in early August. The Times-Picayune published a report on August 5, 2014, detailing an email exchange between the commissioner and Andrew B. Ezell from the Gulf State Renewable Energies Industry Association. This exchange reportedly included a request by Skrmetta for the organization's support ahead of the November election in exchange for his vote in support of more lenient metering policies in Louisiana. Ezell sent the request to members of the association on August 2, only four days prior to commission hearings about lifting the state's limit on payments to consumers using solar panels.
Skrmetta denied wrongdoing or an exchange of favors with solar energy firms following the paper's report. He noted in The Times-Picayune that the commission needed to review metering policy due to concerns about the potential bankruptcy of an unnamed solar firm based in the state. He faces scrutiny from challenger Forest Wright (R) and fellow commissioner Foster Campbell (D).
Wright, an energy policy advocate based in New Orleans, cited Skrmetta's email as a motivation for his 2014 campaign. Wright and Skrmetta support lighter regulations on solar installation firms, though Wright is concerned about the alleged quid pro quo involved in Skrmetta's email. He previously sought the District 2 seat on the board in 2012. Campbell, who is seeking re-election to the District 5 seat, has been vocal in opposing changes to existing metering policy and alleges that Skrmetta's behavior was "borderline illegal."
Skrmetta won election to Louisiana Public Service Commission District 1 on November 4, 2008.
|Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 1, 2008|
|No Party Affiliation||John F. Schwegmann||40.2%||149,227|
|Election Results Via: Louisiana Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Skrmetta is available dating back to 2003. Based on available campaign finance records, Skrmetta raised a total of $980,614 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.
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|Eric Skrmetta's Campaign Contributions|
Louisiana Public Service Commission
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$64,250 (No Party Affiliation)|
|Top 5 contributors||Eric Skrmetta||$282,309|
|Long Law Firm||$10,000|
|Janet Boles Crawford||$5,000|
Skrmetta and his wife, Debbie, have two children.
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- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2008, 2003
- Nola.com, "Eric Skrmetta elected chairman of Louisiana Public Service Commission," January 31, 2013
- Louisiana Public Service Commission, " Commissioner Eric Skrmetta," accessed March 22, 2013
- Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Additional Louisiana Endorsements," March 21, 2012
- The Times-Picayune, "Industry group backs Eric Skrmetta for Public Service Commission," September 15, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Email controversy ensnares Public Service Commission Chair Eric Skrmetta, solar proposal," August 5, 2014
- The Advocate, "Solar compromise offered," August 15, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Results for Election Date: 11/4/2008," accessed March 26, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Eric Skrmetta," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
- Facebook, "Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, LPSC," accessed September 22, 2014
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