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For immediate release - Friday, December 10, 2004.

Contact John Perkins - 515-281-5984, or
Charles Acquard, 301-589-6380.
(Acquard is Executive Director of NASUCA.)

Iowa Consumer Advocate John Perkins Elected President of National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates

DES MOINES.   Iowa's Consumer Advocate, John R. Perkins, has been elected President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA.)

Perkins will serve a one-year term as president of NASUCA, an association of 42 consumer advocate offices around the nation. Consumer advocates represent the interests of utility consumers before state and federal regulators and in the courts. In Iowa, the Consumer Advocate represents consumers in matters concerning regulation of electric, gas, and telephone utilities by the Iowa Utilities Board.

Perkins said: "Energy and telephone issues increasingly must be considered on the national level. It is more important than ever that state utility consumer advocates join together to protect the rights of utility consumers, not only before their state regulatory commissions, but also before federal regulators such as the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. NASUCA has become a recognized voice representing the consumers' interest before federal agencies, and I intend to continue that active role."

Perkins has served as Iowa's Consumer Advocate since 2001.

Perkins graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1968. He served as an assistant Polk County attorney (1970-72), assistant Iowa attorney general (1972-85), deputy Iowa attorney general (1985-93), and in private practice (1993-2001.) He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, and he serves on the Governor's Energy Coordinating Council, the Public Interest Advisory Committee of the Gas Technology Institute, and the National Wind Coordinating Council.

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