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Commissioner Eric Anderson was appointed to his current six-year term in January 2019 by Gov. Brad Little. It is his second term on the Commission, having been initially appointed in December 2015 by former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

Commissioner Anderson serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Water as well as its Committee on International Relations. In November 2019 Commissioner Anderson was appointed Chair of NARUC’s Committee on Water.

Before joining the Commission, Anderson served five terms in the Idaho Legislature, from 2004-2014, and was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

As a member of the Idaho House of Representatives, Anderson served on a number of committees, including Environment, Energy and Technology, Commerce and Human Resources, Resource and Conservation, Business, and State Affairs. He also chaired a legislative Interim Subcommittee on Renewable Energy.

Anderson received a Bachelor of Art degree in political science and government from Eastern Washington University.

A general contractor and real estate broker, Anderson also served as director and vice president of Sandpoint-based Northern Lights Inc., an electric cooperative.

He has also served as a director of the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Idaho Energy Resources Authority. He is a past member to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Advisory Council and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s Executive Council.

 
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Commissioner John Chatburn was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Brad Little on Jan. 10, 2022.

Commissioner Chatburn serves on the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Electricity, NARUC’s Nuclear Energy Partnership, the Western Energy Imbalance Market-Body of State Regulators, the Western Interstate Energy Board, Co-Chair of the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation, Co-chair of the Idaho Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission.

Prior to being appointed to the Commission, Chatburn served as Administrator of the Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR). Before serving as administrator, he was the Interim Administrator and Program Services Manager for OEMR.

During his career with the State of Idaho, John also served as the Special Assistant for Energy under Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter; Deputy Administrator for the Idaho Department of Agriculture in the Division of Animal Industries, Special Assistant to the Director in the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and Energy and Natural Resource Policy Advisor for Gov. Phil Batt.

He is a graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

 
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Commissioner John R. Hammond, Jr. was appointed to his first term with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission by Governor Brad Little in January of 2022.

Prior to being appointed to the Commission, John worked for the Idaho Office of the Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General and later as the Commission’s lead Deputy Attorney General. During his career, John also worked in private practice and was a partner at Fisher Pusch LLP in Boise for eight years.

John earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Idaho School of Law.