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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 14, 2011

Miller Names Schuling as Consumer Advocate

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Attorney General Tom Miller Friday appointed Mark R. Schuling as Consumer Advocate.

Schuling, 55, of Des Moines, is Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue.  Since 2005, Schuling has supervised 400 employees, has managed a $40-million budget, and has overseen the collection of more than $7.5 billion in state and local taxes annually.

Prior to his leadership of the Iowa Department of Revenue, Schuling was a practicing attorney with the Principal, Brick, Gentry, Bowers, Swartz, Stoltze, Schuling & Levis law firm in Des Moines.  Schuling has experience and expertise in federal and state tax law, utility and telecommunications matters, and general civil law.  Schuling is a former Assistant Attorney General who represented the Iowa Department of Revenue.

Schuling earned his law degree from the Drake University Law School, and a B.A. in Social Sciences from Drake University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.  Schuling is currently the President of the Federation of Tax Administrators, has served on the Iowa Governor’s Economic Council, and is a former Des Moines School Board member.

Mark Schuling

“Mark is an outstanding proven leader and manager,” said Miller.  “He has a long, impressive list of experience both in and out of state government.  He will make an exceptional consumer advocate for Iowans.”  The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.  Schuling will serve in an acting capacity until the four-year term begins May 1.

Schuling replaces Jennifer Easler, who has served as Acting Consumer Advocate since June 25, when former Consumer Advocate John Perkins retired.  “Jennifer did a terrific job when I asked her to step into fill the vacancy, and she will continue to do exceptional work as an attorney in the Office of Consumer Advocate,” Miller said.

The mission of the Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) is to represent the interests of Iowa utility consumers, and the public generally, in matters before the Iowa Utilities Board, federal and state courts, and federal agencies.

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