Public Utilities Section Annual Meeting and Lunch with the Commissioners

Event Description

Deadline to Register:  Monday, May 14, 2018


Join us on Wednesday, May 16, for the Public Utilities Law Section's 2017-18 Annual Meeting and Lunch with the Commissioners, including a presentation by Commissioner Katie Sieben and Commissioner John Tuma. We are excited to welcome these special guests to discuss various aspects of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission work.

Please join us for lunch beginning at Noon.  The Section Annual Meeting will be held from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m, followed by the CLE program from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Box lunch will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Monday, May 14.


Commissioner Katie Sieben
Katie Sieben was appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton, effective January 23, 2017. Commissioner Sieben is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where she serves on the NARUC Committee on Gas and the NARUC committee on Consumer Affairs. She is also a member of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference.

Commissioner Sieben was first elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2006, representing District 54, which includes portions of southern Washington and Dakota counties.

While in the Senate, Sieben served on the Energy and Environment, Capital Investment, Rules, Education and Transportation committees and chaired the Elections subcommittee. Sieben was a consistent champion of clean air and water, sponsoring laws to monitor and improve the quality of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. Sieben’s reputation for being a fair and effective legislator led to her being elected by her caucus to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader in the Minnesota Senate in 2012.

Commissioner Sieben has served as a community faculty member and adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University’s Masters in Advocacy and Public Leadership Program. Previously, she was elected to two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Commissioner Sieben earned her B.A. from Colorado College, was a Policy Fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and earned a Master degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Sieben lives with her husband, Josh Straka, and three children in Cottage Grove. Her term will expire on January 3, 2023.

Commissioner John Tuma
John Tuma was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton, effective February 2, 2015. Commissioner Tuma is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He serves on the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure and the NARUC subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal. He is also a member of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference.

Prior to his appointment Commissioner Tuma had decades of experience working on energy and conservation policy issues for a variety of nongovernmental organizations. He most recently served as a Government Relations Associate with Conservation Minnesota. He helped lead efforts to pass key energy legislation, including Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard – which garnered broad bipartisan support. He also served many other clients previously as a legislative policy liaison, most notably the Minnesota Inter-County Association covering areas of public safety and corrections.

Commissioner Tuma served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2002, representing parts of Rice, Le Sueur, Scott, and Dakota counties. During his time in the House, he served as Chair of the Crime Prevention Committee and as Vice Chair of the Local Government Committee. While in the Legislature, Tuma was an active member of Judiciary Finance, Higher Education Finance, and Environment Policy committees. Mr. Tuma was awarded Legislator of the Year by ARC of Minnesota, the state’s largest disability organization; PACER, an organization defending the rights of the disabled in education; the Minnesota League of Conservation Voters; and the Women’s Auxiliary of the VFW.

Commissioner Tuma has practiced law in Northfield, Minnesota in the areas of workers’ compensation, criminal law, real estate, business organization and litigation, special education law, and personal injury litigation. He was Managing Attorney for Tuma and Thompson LLC from 1994 to 2001 in partnership with Minnesota Senator Dave Thompson.

Commissioner Tuma is married to Wendy Tuma, lives in Northfield, and has two adult children, Cal and Molly.  He earned his B.A. from University of Minnesota, Mankato, and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

CLE Credits:
1 Standard CLE credit approved | Event Code: 256388

Remote Participation:
Webcasting is available. Please indicate remote participation option when regsitering.

Public Utilities Law Section Member:  $10.00
MSBA Member But Not a Member of the Public Utilities Law Section:  $15.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section:  $32.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Tram Nguyen to register for this meeting at no charge.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Ramsey County Room / Landmark Center Saint Paul, MN United States