Robert Powelson

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Robert Powelson
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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
In office
June 19, 2008 - Present
Term ends
April 1, 2014
Years in position 7
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Chair
February 24, 2011 - Present
Base salary$145,241
Elections and appointments
AppointedJune 19, 2008
Appointed byGov. Ed Rendell (D)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. Joseph’s University
Master'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
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Robert Powelson is the current Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. He was first appointed to the commission on June 19, 2008 to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, and was reappointed to a full five-year term on February 12, 2009. He was named Chairman by Governor Tom Corbett on February 24, 2011 and his current term expires on April 1, 2014.[1]


Powelson began his career as the Director of Government Relations for the Delaware County Chamber. From 1990-91, he served as a Staff Assistant to Congressman Curt Weldon. Powell joined the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry in 1994, going on to serve as President and CEO. In 2005, he was chosen by the Eisenhower Presidential Fellows to be a U.S. fellow in Singapore and Australia.

On March 8, 2011, Governor Corbett named Powelson to serve as a member of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. Soon after he was appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors.[2]


  • Bachelor of Administration, St. Joseph’s University
  • Master of Governmental Administration with a concentration in public finance, University of Pennsylvania

Political career

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (2008-present)

Powelson has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission since June 2008. He has served as Chairman since February 2011. His term expires on April 1, 2014.[2]



On February 24, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett (R) appointed Powelson Chairman of the PUC.[2]


Powelson was renominated to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission by Governor Rendell for a full five-year term on February 12, 2009, and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on April 22, 2009.[2]


Powelson was first nominated to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on June 19, 2008, by Governor Edward G. Rendell to fill the remainder of an unexpired term and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously on June 30, 2008.[2]


Powelson is a native of Delaware County. He and his wife, Lauren, and sons Ryan and Shane, live in Kennett Square.[2]

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