Thomas Welch (Maine)

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Thomas Welch
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Maine Public Utilities Commission
In office
1993 - 2005, April 2011 - Present
Term ends
March 2017
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)12
PredecessorJack Cashman
Base salary$117,104
Elections and appointments
AppointedApril 2011
Appointed byGov. Paul LePage (R)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sStanford University (1972)
J.D.Harvard Law School (1975)
Office website
Thomas Welch is the Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. He was appointed to the position in April 2011. He had previously served as Chair of the Commission from 1993-2005.[1]


Between his commission appointments, Welch worked for PJM Interconnection, a Pennsylvania-based Regional Transmission Organization, and for five years was an attorney at Pierce Atwood, LLP, in Portland, Maine, specializing in energy and utility law.[1] Prior to that, he served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Antitrust in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, in-house counsel for Bell Atlantic, and Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law.[1]


  • 1972: Stanford University
  • 1975: Law degree from Harvard Law School[1]

Political career

Maine Public Utilities Commission (2011-Present)

Welch was appointed to the Maine Public Utilities Commission as Chair in April 2011.[1]

Maine Public Utilities Commission (1993-2005)

He had previously served as Chair of the Commission from 1993-2005.[1]



Welch was nominated for the Maine Public Utilities Commission by Gov. Paul LePage on March 14, 2011.[2]

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Preceded by
Jack Cashman
Maine Public Utilities Commission
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