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Michael Picker
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California Public Utilities Commission
In office
January 2014-present
Term ends
Years in position 1
PredecessorMark J. Ferron
Base salary$138,528
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGovernor Jerry Brown (D)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board member
Office website
Michael Picker is a member of the California Public Utilities Commission, the state body charged with regulating the state's utility companies. He has served in this position since January 29, 2014.[1] Picker was appointed to the CPUC by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former commissioner Mark J. Ferron on January 15, 2014.[2] Picker will serve out the remainder of Ferron's unexpired term, which will run through 2014.

Picker is affiliated with the Democratic Party, but the commission is a nonpartisan body.[1]

At the time of his appointment to the CPUC, Picker was serving on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board. First elected to the position in 2012, he had to step down from the board in January 2014 in order to begin his appointment to the statewide commission.[1]


Picker's background with the California state government includes serving as deputy assistant for toxic substance control to Gov. Brown from 1981-1982, deputy to the California State Treasurer from 1998-1999, as well as senior adviser for renewable energy to the California governor's office since 2009.

Before his election to the SMUD in 2012, Picker had seven years of experience working in Sacramento government, having been chief of staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992-1999.[1]

Political career

California Public Utilities Commission (2014-Present)

Picker was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Gov. Jerry Brown on January 15, 2014.[2] He was sworn into office on January 29.[1]



Picker was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in January 2014 to replace commissioner Mark J. Ferron, who resigned citing health reasons before his term's scheduled expiration at the end of 2014.

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Preceded by
Mark J. Ferron
California Public Utilities Commission
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