Texas Public Utility Commission

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Texas Public Utility Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $91,248,007
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Texas Utilities Code, Chapter 12, Section 1
Leadership:  Donna Nelson
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
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The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) is a state executive agency in the Texas state government. The commission is in charge of regulating electric and telecommunications utilities in Texas. Its stated mission is to "protect customers, foster competition, and promote high quality infrastructure."[1]

Current officeholder

The current PUCT Chair is Donna Nelson. She serves alongside Kenneth Anderson (Texas Public Utility Commission) and Brandy Marty Marquez.[2]


The chair's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 12 of the Texas Utilities Code.

Section 001:

The Public Utility Commission of Texas exercises the jurisdiction and powers conferred by this title.[3]


Chapter 12, Section 53 of the Texas Utilities Code establishes the requirements for office:

Section 053 (a) defines qualifications for holding office:

(a) To be eligible for appointment, a commissioner must be: (1) a qualified voter; (2) a citizen of the United States; and (3) a representative of the general public.[4]

Section 053 (b) defines restrictions that prohibit someone from holding office:

(b) A person is not eligible for appointment as a commissioner if the person:

(1) at any time during the two years preceding appointment: (A) personally served as an officer, director, owner, employee, partner, or legal representative of a public utility, affiliate, or direct competitor of a public utility; or (B) owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, stocks or bonds of any class with a value of $10,000 or more in a public utility, affiliate, or direct competitor of a public utilit[5]


The three commissioners are appointed by the governor to six-year, staggered terms. The governor appoints the presiding officer (chair) from the three-member commission to serve "at the pleasure of the governor."[6]


The governor fills vacancies by appointment.[6]


Under Title 2, Subtitle A, Chapter 14, Subchapter A, Sec. 14.001 of the Texas Utilities Code, the commission "has the general power to regulate and supervise the business of each public utility within its jurisdiction and to do anything specifically designated or implied by this title that is necessary and convenient to the exercise of that power and jurisdiction."[7]


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State budget

See also: Texas state budget and finances

The budget for the Texas Public Utilities Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $91,248,007.[8]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the commissioners each received a salary of $126,250, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the commissioners were each paid an estimated $120,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2012, the commissioners were each paid an estimated $120,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the commissioners were each paid an estimated $115,500, according to the Council of State Governments.[11]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Physical address: William B. Travis Bldg.
1701 N. Congress Avenue
7th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
Mailing address: 1701 N. Congress Avenue
PO Box 13326
Austin, TX 78711-3326

Phone: 512/936-7000

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