Arizona Corporation Commission elects Bob Burns as new chairman

The Arizona Corporation Commission on Jan. 7 elected a new chairman following the departure of former Chairman Tom Forese.

Bob Burns

Commissioners voted to elect Commissioner Bob Burns as the body’s new chairman, according to a release.

“I wish to thank the commissioners for providing me the opportunity to serve them as their chairman as we work together to serve the ratepayers and citizens of Arizona,” Chairman Burns said in the release.

“I believe that when the founders created the Arizona Corporation Commission they intended that each member would have equal responsibility and authority. In order to exercise that responsibility and authority, I invite all members of this Commission, to at any time, bring ideas or proposals to me that they wish to have discussed and I will include them on a Commission Staff Meeting for discussion and debate,” he said.

Chairman Burns has been a member of the five-person elected commission since 2012. Prior to serving on the Arizona Corporation Commission, he served in the Arizona House of Representatives and was president of the Arizona State Senate. This is his final term at the corporation commission.

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