Eric Skrmetta

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Eric Skrmetta
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Louisiana Public Service Commission District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2009 - Present
Term ends
December 31, 2014
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Chair, Louisiana Public Service Commission
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$130,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$980,614
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolBrother Martin High School
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University (1981)
J.D.Southern University Law School (1985)
OtherLLM, Tulane University Law School (1986)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 1, 1958
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Eric Skrmetta (b. October 1, 1958, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, representing District 1 since 2009. He is seeking re-election in 2014. Skrmetta was elected by his fellow elected commissioners to serve as chairman in January of 2013, replacing former chair Foster Campbell (D).[1]

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.

Biography

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.[2]

Education

  • Graduate, Brother Martin High School
  • B.S., Louisiana State University (1981)
  • J.D., Southern University Law School (1985)
  • LLM, Tulane University Law School (1986)

Political career

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.[1]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Eric Skrmetta endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Elections

2014

See also: Louisiana down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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.

Endorsements

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.[4]

Campaign issues

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.[5]

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."[5][6]

2008

Skrmetta won election to Louisiana Public Service Commission District 1 on November 4, 2008.[7]

Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 1, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Skrmetta 59.8% 222,272
     No Party Affiliation John F. Schwegmann 40.2% 149,227
Total Votes 371,499
Election Results Via: Louisiana Secretary of State

Campaign donors

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.[8]

Eric Skrmetta's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Louisiana Public Service Commissioner District 1 Not up for election $154,945
2008 Louisiana Public Service Commissioner District 1 Won $397,997
2003 Louisiana State House District 81 Defeated $427,672
Grand Total Raised $980,614

2008

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Personal

Skrmetta and his wife, Debbie, have two children.[10]

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