Laura Chappelle was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Public Service Commission on January 16, 2001 and served as Chairman of the Commission until August, 2003. She resigned her term on June 7, 2007.
Since joining the Commission, Commissioner Chappelle has taken an active role in issues relating to the development and implementation of the first FERC-approved "multi-state entity," state retail electric choice markets, and regional wholesale markets. She was also a key advisor in the drafting and implementation of Michigan's recent, nationally-recognized "Broadband" law, that, in part, coordinated and streamlined local and state right-of-way regulations.
Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Chappelle served as deputy legal counsel for Governor John Engler and was his regulatory affairs coordinator. She also served as the regulatory affairs advisor to the House of Representatives, legislative aide for Senator William Van Regenmorter, attorney for House Speaker Paul Hillegonds, and was an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office. Ms. Chappelle has served as an adjunct faculty member at Lansing Community College, Michigan State University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1985) and a J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School (1988). She is admitted to practice law in Michigan and Illinois.
Ms. Chappelle is currently the Vice-Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Electricity, Chair of NARUC's Broadband Over Power Line Task Force. Co-chair of the Future of Transmission working Group through the Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA). Formerly she was the Treasurer for the Organization of MISO States (OMS), and has served as a member of the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Board.