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Donna Nelson
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Public Utility Commission of Texas
In office
August 15, 2008-present
Years in position 6
Base salary$120,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedAugust 15, 2008
Appointed byGovernor of Texas
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBlack Hills State College
J.D.Texas Tech University
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Donna Nelson is the current chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. She was appointed as chair by Governor Rick Perry on August 15, 2008. Nelson has served on Public Utility Commission since 2008.[1]


Before joining the Public Utility Commission, Nelson served in the Governor's Office as a "special assistant and advisor on energy, telecommunications and cable budget and policy issues." She helped the Governor's Competitiveness Council prepare the Texas 2008 Energy Plan. Nelson is a former assistant attorney general of Texas. Nelson is a former assistant attorney general of Texas, where she specialized in antitrust law. Early in her career, she was a member of the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Delays.[1]


  • Texas Tech University, J.D.
  • Black Hills State College, B.A.

Political career

Texas Public Utility Commission (2008-present)

Nelson has served as a member of the Texas Public Utility Commission since 2008. She was named chairman by Governor Rick Perry (R) on July 26, 2011.[2]

Governor's Competitiveness Council (2007)

Legislative Assistant to a United States Senator



Nelson was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Public Utility Commission on August 15, 2008.[3]


Donna lives in Austin with her son, John.[1]

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