COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today his appointment of Warren County Commissioner Shannon Jones to the Public Utilities Commission Nominating Council.

The Nominating Council is a 12-member panel charged with screening candidates who seek appointment to the position of public utilities commissioner and recommending a list of four finalists to the governor for consideration. Following the recommendation, the governor has 30 days to make the appointment.

"Shannon's experience and knowledge of energy issues will be a strong asset to the governor as he considers future commission appointments," said Obhof.

"It's my honor to serve Ohioans on the Nominating Council," said Jones. "I look forward to working with my fellow council members to ensure our governor has a list of quality candidates to consider."

Jones is currently a Warren County Commissioner and the Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio, an early childhood care and education advocacy organization. She is a former State Senator (2009-2016) and State Representative (2007-2009) and was the first Republican woman to serve in the leadership of the majority party in both chambers. While in the Senate, she served on and chaired the Energy & Public Utilities committee, giving her significant experience in the issues facing Ohio's energy markets today. Jones resides in Springboro with her husband and two children.

For more information about current PUCO commissioners or the appointment process, visit www.puco.ohio.gov.
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