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KARI A. E. BENNETT
Appointed: January 13, 2011, by Governor Daniels
Term Expires: March 2014
Commissioner Bennett was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels on January 13, 2011 to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. She currently serves as President of the Organization of MISO States (OMS) and is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' (NARUC) committee on energy resources and the environment, as well as the task force on environmental regulation and generation.
Prior to joining the Commission, she was the chief legal counsel of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, where she was involved in all aspects of the agency’s mission, including protection and enforcement of natural resources, land acquisition, and agency management and administration.
From 2005 to 2007, Commissioner Bennett was Policy Director for Environment and Natural Resources for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. She developed and advocated policy on significant national, regional, and state issues, including air quality standards and attainment designations, mercury emission reduction requirements for electric utilities, and Great Lakes issues.
Commissioner Bennett also practiced law at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, focusing on environmental law and government services, and served in various positions at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management before and after law school. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in environmental science, and received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
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