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Sheila K. Tipton, Board Member

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Sheila Tipton began serving as a member of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on September 3, 2013. She was appointed to the Board by Governor Terry Branstad to fill a term that runs through April 30, 2015.

Tipton is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and serves on the Committee on Telecommunications and the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. She is also a member of Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC).

Prior to joining the IUB, she represented public energy, telecommunications and water utilities, renewable energy developers and customers, as well as other business entities at the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines.

Board Member Tipton's utility-related expertise includes certification, siting, ratemaking, rulemaking, merger, reorganization, compliance, and other litigated proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and in the state and federal courts. She also has practiced litigation, appeals, administrative, and corporate and commercial law.

Tipton has been active on the American Bar Association and its Public Utility Section Electricity Subcommittee, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Energy Bar Association, the Drake University Law School Board of Counselors, the Polk County Legal Aid Society Board of Directors, and the Polk County Legal Aid Society. She also serves as a Des Moines Downtown Community Alliance and AIB College of Business Board member.

For more than two decades, Tipton has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of energy, communications, and administrative law. She was Best Lawyers' 2012 Des Moines Communications Law Lawyer of the Year and has been a recipient of the Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award.

In addition, Tipton is an author and lecturer. She has been a contributor to the Energy Bar Journal and American Bar Association's Section of Public Utility Law Annual Reports. She has presented information on topics such as utility antitrust issues and the evolution of energy policy at the state level.

Tipton earned her B.S. degree from Ohio University and her J.D. degree "With Honors" from Drake University. Tipton and her husband, William L. Dawe, live in Des Moines. They have four sons.

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