Norman J. Saari was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Public Service Commission for a term beginning on August 2, 2015. His term ends July 2, 2019.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Saari served as an executive director of governmental affairs for 20 years at the Consumers Energy Company, a position from which he retired in 2006. Commissioner Saari was most recently Chief of Staff for the Michigan House of Representatives under Speaker Kevin Cotter as well as under former Speaker Jase Bolger. He also served as Governor Snyder's manager of appointments and Chief of Staff for former State Senator Jason Allen.
Commissioner Saari is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He serves on its Committee on Natural Gas, and Chairs the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. Commissioner Saari also serves as the board president of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference. Additionally, he was appointed in 2016 to serve on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to help PHMSA develop safety requirements. In 2018 he became a member of the NARUC-DOE Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership program.
Commissioner Saari earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and served as a public information officer in the Michigan National Guard.