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Gov Ducey Appoints Former House Speaker Andy Tobin To Arizona Corporation Commission Featured

After a tumultuous fall at the Arizona Corporation Commission, Chairman Susan Bitter Smith resigns, Ducey accepts her resignation, and then appoints Andy Tobin to replace her. 

Tobin brings rural perspective, decades of experience In public and private sectors.   

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of former Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

“Andy Tobin is a leader with the experience, skills and integrity to responsibly and effectively represent the people of Arizona from Day One,” said Governor Ducey. “Andy will bring to the commission decades of experience in the private sector, a passion for public service, a keen understanding of state regulatory policy, a background leading large organizations in and outside of government, and the needed perspective of rural Arizona. There’s a reason I’ve trusted Andy with so many important roles in my own administration – he’s a person of outstanding integrity. Andy is his own man, known for sticking to his guns and doing what he knows is right, even when the stakes are high and even under intense outside pressure. Now, more than ever, that strength of character is needed on this commission.”

“I’m honored that Governor Ducey has selected me for this important position,” said Mr. Tobin. “Throughout my life in public service, I have never taken for granted the serious responsibility of putting the people – all the people – first. Rural Arizona needs a voice on the Arizona Corporation Commission, and I intend to be that voice.”

Mr. Tobin is currently the director of the Arizona Department of Insurance and the interim director of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, positions he will vacate when he joins the commission. Prior to those appointments, he was director of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures, where he was instrumental  in consolidating that department to increase efficiencies and save taxpayer dollars.

Mr. Tobin owned and operated a local Farmers Insurance for six years and more recently, owned his own employee benefit company. He was also CEO of a local aerospace company employing 200 people for three years until 2003. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Tobin represented rural Arizona in the state House, serving as Majority Whip, Majority Leader and eventually Speaker of the House from 2011 until 2015.

Mr. Tobin was elected the National President of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce from 1988 – 1989. In that capacity, Mr. Tobin served as ex-officio board member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Hugh O’Brian Foundation.

Mr. Tobin will fill the seat currently held by Susan Bitter Smith.

A copy of Commissioner Bitter Smith’s resignation letter, as well as Governor Ducey’s response, can be viewed here:

On December 29, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted on a temporary Chairman, as announced in this press release:

Arizona Corporation Commission Names Doug Little Interim Chair 

Phoenix--The Arizona Corporation Commissioners named Commissioner Doug Little as the interim Chairman for the Commission. At a staff meeting, the Commissioners voted unanimously to have Little step into the role on January 5, 2016 to serve as the interim replacement for out-going Chairman Susan Bitter Smith who resigned from the Commission effective January 4, 2016. 

The Commissioners agreed to hold an election for a permanent Chair once a new Commissioner has been appointed by the Governor to replace Commissioner Bitter Smith. 

The Chairman sets the agenda and runs Open Meetings and serves as the public face of the Commission. 

The next regularly scheduled Open Meeting is January 12th. 


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