Dayton picks new PUC chair

Gov. Mark Dayton announced today that he has appointed Judge Beverly Jones Heydinger to chair the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Heydinger will fill the post previously held by former state Sen. Ellen Anderson, who was Dayton original choice. Senate Republicans voted in January to fire Anderson.

Heydinger currently serves as an Administrative Law Judge. She previously served as the state’s Deputy Attorney General. Dayton praised Heydinger in a news release.

“Judge Heydinger will be an outstanding Chair of the PUC,” Dayton wrote. “In her work as an Administrative Law Judge, she has demonstrated a strong depth, breadth of knowledge, and ability to master complex issues quickly.”

Heydinger will begin her PUC duties on July 2.

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