Public Utilities Section Annual Meeting and CLE - Meet the Newest PUC Commissioner

Event Description

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Remote participation only.

The Public Utilities Section will briefly host its annual meeting and elections at the beginning of the program.  The proposed Slate of Candidates for the 2021-2022 Section Council to be voted on is available here.

Commissioner John Tuma will speak about his tenure on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and provide insights into his duties and responsibilities as a Commissioner.  Commissioner Tuma will also share a bit of PUC history as the PUC celebrates 150 years in 2021.  We encourage you to read the narrative written by Commissioner Tuma on the origins of the PUC and its predecessor agencies in preparation for this presentation.


John Tuma | Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission 

John Tuma was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton, effective February 2, 2015 and reappointed by Governor Tim Walz, effective March 30, 2021. Prior to his appointment Commissioner Tuma had decades of experience working on energy and conservation policy issues for a variety of nongovernmental organizations. Just prior to his appointment he served as a Government Relations Associate with Conservation Minnesota leading efforts to pass key energy legislation, including Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard – which garnered broad, bipartisan support. Commissioner Tuma served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2002, representing parts of Rice, LeSueur, Scott, and Dakota counties. During his time in the House, he served as Chair of the Crime Prevention Committee. Commissioner Tuma earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Mankato State University, and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He has practiced law in Northfield Minnesota where he presently resides with his wife Wendy. They have two adult children Cal and Molly.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 365193


Public Utilities Section Member: $5
MSBA Member not in the Public Utilities Section: $10*
Non-MSBA Member: $15
Law Student: FREE

*Join the Public Utilities Section:  Not a Section Member? Sign up now and receive membership through June 30th, 2022. That’s 16 months for the price of 12!

Deadline to register: May 17, 2021 

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Tram Nguyen


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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM