PUC's Coleman gets another tour of duty

John F. Coleman Jr., who has been reappointed to a five-year term on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, has been active in a campaign to enhance the Pennsylvania One Call Law that requires utilities to mark their underground infrastructure.

The state Senate on Saturday unanimously confirmed the reappointment of John F. Coleman Jr. to a second five-year term as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Commissioner John F. Coleman

Coleman, 56, one of two Republicans on the five-member PUC, has focused on public safety efforts, including an ongoing campaign to strengthen Pennsylvania’s One Call Law, which requires utilities to mark underground infrastructure to warn construction workers. His June 19 nomination by Gov. Wolf and June 28 hearing before the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee were conducted with little public fanfare.

Coleman was president of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County when Gov. Rendell first nominated him in 2010 to fill an unexpired term. He was re-nominated in 2012 by Gov. Corbett to a five-year term.

His new term will expire March 31, 2022.