For Immediate Release - December 20, 2004

Romney Appoints New Commissioners To DTE

Romney Appoints New Commissioners To DTE

Governor Mitt Romney today appointed two new commissioners to the five-member Department of Telecommunications & Energy Commission (DTE) and re-appointed one current member of that panel.

Romney named Democratic state Representative Brian Golden of Allston as commissioner with primary oversight of cable television regulation, former Romney administration official Judith Judson of Topsfield as commissioner for consumer issues, and re-appointed W. Robert Keating of Reading as commissioner with primary oversight of natural gas utilities' regulation.

"These three professionals have shown great dedication to public service and I know they are energized by the goal of creating fair public policy that allows businesses to flourish, provides consumers new services and products and safeguards the rights of our utility consumers," said Romney.

DTE Chairman Paul Afonso, who was appointed by the Governor to lead the DTE in August 2003, said: "I look forward to the new commissioners' perspectives and the continued stability and insight that Commissioner Keating brings to the table. We will work to build consensus with the ongoing goal of developing sensible policies that foster competitive markets and provides consumers with choice and protection."

"I have no doubt that the new members' accomplished backgrounds will complement Chairman Afonso's continuing efforts to provide the highest quality utility regulation and protection of Massachusetts consumers," said Beth Lindstrom, Director of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

Representative Golden has served the citizens of the 18 th Suffolk District for three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he is Vice Chairman of the Government Regulations Committee. Prior to his tenure in the Legislature, Golden was a captain in the U.S. Army, having completed officer training at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Golden earned his J.D. from the College of William & Mary in 1992 and his B.A. from Harvard College in 1987. He is also a 1983 graduate of the Boston Latin School.

"Every Massachusetts resident is affected by the decisions of the DTE," said Golden. "Energy and telecommunications costs, and the services offered by these industries, are of vital importance to the well-being of the people and economy of this state. Though I have thoroughly enjoyed making a contribution in the Legislature, I look forward to the new challenges that await me."

Judson, who has a Harvard M.B.A., most recently served as chief of staff in the Massachusetts Department of Business and Technology, a position she left in April 2004 to run for state representative from the 13 th Essex District. In addition to her new duties as commissioner, Judson will also be appointed as a noncompensated member of the Energy Facilities Siting Board. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in 1995 and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2000. She is married and resides in Topsfield with her husband, Jared, and their daughter.

W. Robert Keating, of Reading, has served on the DTE Commission for seven years and will also be re-appointed as a noncompensated member of the Energy Facilities Siting Board. Prior to entering public service, Keating was manager of Government Relations for Tenneco, Inc. and Boston Edison's senior representative in its Corporate Relations Department. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Regulatory Research Institute and was appointed recently to the National Petroleum Council by President George W. Bush's Secretary of Energy. Keating received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a M.S. from the University of Maine, Orono.

The Department of Telecommunications and Energy Commission is composed of a chairman and four commissioners who are appointed by the Governor for terms of three years.