Ohio Public Utilities Commission

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Ohio Public Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $74,014,053
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   5 years
Leadership:  Thomas Johnson
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
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The Ohio Public Utilities Commission is a five-person state executive board in the Ohio state government. The commission regulates electric and gas utilities, water and wastewater companies, telecommunication companies and railroads.

Current officeholder

The current chairman is Thomas Johnson. He serves alongside Lynn Slaby, Steven Lesser, M. Beth Trombold and Asim Z. Haque.[1]


The Ohio Public Utilities Commission's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Title 49 of the Ohio Revised Statutes.

Title 49, Chapter 4901.02:

(A) There is hereby created the public utilities commission of Ohio, by which name the commission may sue and be sued. The commission shall consist of five public utilities commissioners...[2]


There are no specific qualifications for this office. General qualifications to hold a statewide, constitutionally authorized office are outlined in Article VX, Section 4 of the state Constitution:

No person shall be elected or appointed to any office in this state unless possessed of the qualifications of an elector.

  • resident of Ohio
  • a qualified elector
  • at least 18 years old


Ohio state government organizational chart

The commissioners are appointed by the governor to staggered five-year terms. One seat on the commission becomes available each year, and terms normally begin in April.


In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor will appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term of the departing commissioner.


The public utilities commission regulates electric and natural gas companies, local and long distance telephone companies, water and wastewater companies, and rail and trucking companies across the state. The commission works to ensure Ohioians have access to adequate, safe, and reliable public utilities at a fair price. The commission also:

  • protects consumers by enforcing relevant rules and laws
  • resolves disputes between utilities and customers and between competing utility companies
  • assures the availability of safe and reliable service to all customers
  • provides comparison information to consumers, answers questions, and offers help with utility-related problems
  • regulates the rates for utility services when there is no choice in provider[3]


  • Administration
  • Attorney General
  • Business Resources
  • Energy and Environment
  • Legal
  • Public Affairs
  • Service Monitoring and Enforcement
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

State budget

See also: Ohio state budget and finances

The budget for the Public Utilities Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $74,014,053.[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, each commissioner of public utilities in Ohio received a salary of $124,509, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, each commissioner of public utilities in Ohio was paid an estimated $124,509. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2010, each commissioner of public utilities in Ohio was paid an estimated $109,595 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information


Ohio Public Utilities Commission
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-466-3292
Toll-free: 1-800-686-7826
TTY: 1-800-686-1570
Fax: 614-752-8351

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