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Longtime attorney named to fill open IURC position

September 6, 2016

A longtime Indiana attorney has been named to serve on a state commission that approves utility rates for millions of residents and businesses.

Gov. Mike Pence on Friday named Sarah Freeman as a commissioner on the five-member Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. She will fill a vacancy created by the departure of Carolene Mays-Medley, who was appointed this spring to lead the White River State Park Development Commission.

For more than 15 years, Freeman has worked as a senior staff attorney in the Legislative Services Agency, an office that provides members of the Indiana General Assembly with nonpartisan, objective legal support, fiscal analysis, and technology services. She served as counsel for the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee and the Senate Utilities Committee, and drafted utility legislation.

She previously worked as deputy attorney general and as a judicial clerk in the Indiana Supreme Court. She earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and her law degree at IU’s Maurer School of Law.

The IURC hears hundreds of utility cases a year and regulates $14 billion worth of electric, natural gas, telecommunications, steam, water and sewer utilities. It determines utility rates and charges, environmental compliance plans, financing and bonding—issues that affect millions of ratepayers and dozens of utilities.

Freeman will serve the remainder of Mays-Medley’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2017.

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