Michel Peter “Mike” Florio was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission in January of 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown, and served a full six-year term through the end of 2016. Prior to that appointment, he served for over 30 years as an attorney for The Utility Reform Network (TURN), the leading utility consumer advocate group in California.
Commissioner Florio has been a member of Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation of the Western Governors’ Association, and the Transmission Expansion Planning Policy Committee of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.
Commissioner Florio also served on the governing board of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) from May of 1997 through early 2005, and on the board of the California Power Exchange from May of 1997 until January of 2001.
In 1978 Commissioner Florio received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a Masters of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was admitted to the California State Bar that same year.