LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to appoint Justin Tate of Little Rock to the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC). Tate will replace outgoing Commissioner Elana Wills when her term expires January 14, 2019. PSC commissioners are appointed to 6-year terms.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement:“I am pleased to announce Justin Tate as the next commissioner of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Justin has been an integral part of my office since 2015 and has served as my Chief Legal Counsel, as well as my Director of Rules and Regulatory Affairs. Justin is one of the brightest minds I’ve had the chance to work with as Governor, and his legal background and regulatory experience will be a welcome addition to the Commission. I have no doubt he will serve the PSC and the people of Arkansas well in this new role.”

Tate issued the following statement:“I am both honored and humbled to accept this appointment to the Arkansas Public Service Commission. My time in the Governor’s office has provided me with the knowledge, understanding, and experience that I believe will be of added value to an already impressive group of commissioners. I am grateful to Governor Hutchinson for this opportunity and for the confidence he’s placed in me, and I look forward to serving the people of Arkansas in this new capacity.”

Justin Tate has served in the Governor’s Office since January of 2015. During that time, he’s served in a number of different capacities, including as the Governor’s Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, Chief Legal Counsel, and most recently, Director of Rules and Regulatory Affairs.Tate, an Arkansas native, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and he received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School. 


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