Donna Nelson: The TT Interview

Donna Nelson, appointed in July by Gov. Rick Perry to chair the Public Utility Commission, is keenly aware of the challenges facing the state's electric grid right now, following an extremely hot summer in Texas (and a very warm start to fall).

Nelson grew up in South Dakota and got interested in legal and regulatory issues early, after working in Washington in the late 1970s for one of  her home state's senators, Larry Pressler. Coaxed to Texas by a cousin who worked for a Houston law firm, she attended law school at Texas Tech University and worked in ...

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