Senate Confirms Governor Shapiro’s Appointee to Serve on Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Governor Shapiro praises Kim Barrow’s focus on consumer protection, names Stephen DeFrank as PUC Chairman. 


Harrisburg, PA – Today the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously voted to confirm Governor Josh Shapiro’s appointment of Kimberly Barrow, Esq. to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).  

“The Public Utility Commission is charged with keeping Pennsylvanians safe and ensuring consumers are protected and have reliable access to safe and affordable electricity, water services, and more. I’m grateful the Senate confirmed my nominee, Kim Barrow, to serve as the newest PUC commissioner. With more than 22 years of experience at the PUC, Kim brings an impressive set of skills and expertise to the job – and I’m confident she will continue her work to protect Pennsylvania consumers,” said Governor Shapiro. “I’d like to thank outgoing Chairwoman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille for her service to the Commonwealth – and in her place, I am naming Steve DeFrank as Chairman to ensure the PUC continues its work overseeing key industries and services in our Commonwealth.” 

Previously, DeFrank served as Vice Chairman of the Commission. DeFrank has more than two decades of experience in state government and has been a member of the Commission since October 2022.  


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