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James Cawley

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James Cawley
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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
In office
1979 - 1985, 2005 - Present
Term ends
March 31, 2015
Years in position (current service)10
Years in position (previous service)6
Base salary$145,241
Elections and appointments
AppointedApril 25, 2005
Appointed byGov. Ed Rendell (D)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. Bonaventure University (1967)
J.D.Notre Dame Law School (1970)
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James Cawley is a current commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. He first served on the commission from November 1979 until September 1985, and was re-appointed in 2005. His current term expires on March 31, 2015.[1]


Cawley began his legal career in 1970 as a law clerk serving Judge Glenn E. Mencer Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. He was then appointed Majority Counsel to the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Affairs Committee. In 1977, he was appointed Chief Counsel to the Senate Majority Floor Leader. Cawley was then appointed to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, serving from November 1979 until September 1985. He returned to practicing law until rejoining the Commission in 2005.[2]

Cawley currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at Widener University School of Law. On January 27, 2010, he was appointed by the Federal Communications Commission to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board for Universal Service created by Congress to ensure the availability of telecommunications services throughout the country.[2]


  • Graduate, St. Bonaventure University, 1967
  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 1970

Political career

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (1979-1985, 2005-present)

Cawley first served on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from November 1979 to September 1985. He was again appointed to the Commission in 2005 and has served ever since.[2]



Cawley was nominated for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission by Gov. Ed Rendell (D) on April 25, 2005. He was confirmed on June 9, 2005.[3]

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