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  For Immediate Release: 10/23/2017      
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Commission Welcomes New Commissioner

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission held a swearing-in ceremony this afternoon for its newest Commissioner, former legislator Justin Olson. Governor Ducey appointed Olson after former Commissioner Doug Little resigned last month to accept a position with the Department of Energy.

“I am honored to have been selected for this position and look forward to carrying out my duties with a thoughtful and transparent approach,” said Commissioner Olson. “As an Arizona native, husband and father, I am committed to enacting policies for the best interests of my fellow Arizonans who live and work in our great state.”

Olson served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017 and served as Chair of the Appropriations Committee. He is a Senior Tax Analyst for the Apollo Education Group in Phoenix and previously worked at the Arizona Tax Research Association as a Senior Research Analyst. He also served as a Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Trent Franks.

“We welcome Commissioner Olson and recognize his reputation of being a fiscal conservative who advocates government transparency,” said Chairman Tom Forese. “His perspective will be an asset to the often complex conversations and decisions that come before this Commission.”

“Justin has built a reputation as a strong proponent for taxpayers and an incredibly hard worker,” said Governor Ducey in a press release last week after announcing the appointment. “He is someone with a proven record of service whose detailed understanding of regulatory and policy issues prepares him to hit the ground running from day one. I’m pleased to be filling this important position with someone with Justin’s significant experience and qualifications.”

Olson earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Olson and his wife live in Mesa and recently welcomed their ninth child.


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