Speaker Profiles

John Norris

John Norris


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

John R. Norris was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2010 and was reconfirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2012 for a full term expiring in June 2017.  Commissioner Norris, a lawyer, has years of experience in energy policy and regulatory affairs.  He most recently served as Chief of Staff to Secretary Tom Vilsack of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Prior to joining the USDA, he served as Chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) from 2005 to 2009.  During his tenure as IUB Chairman, Commissioner Norris served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Electricity Committee and was Co-Chair of the 2009 National Electricity Delivery Forum.  During his IUB tenure, Commissioner Norris also served as a Board Member, Secretary and President of the Organization of Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) States as well as Chairman of the MISO Demand Response Working Group.  He also was a member of the FERC/NARUC Demand Response Collaborative.  Commissioner Norris graduated with distinction from the College of Law at the University of Iowa in 1995 and earned his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  Commissioner Norris, his wife, Jackie, and their three sons live in Washington, D.C.

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