Tom Johnson, a Republican from New Concord, served the area in the
Ohio House of Representatives for 22 years, with much of that time as chair of the
powerful Finance and Appropriations Committee.
The affable Johnson also served as director of the Office of
Budget and Management under Governor Bob Taft from 1999 through 2006.
Tom Johnson will serve a five-year term as PUCO chairman, directing a 330-employee state agency charged with regulating public utility companies, with the aim of assuring residential and
business consumers access to reliable utility services while encouraging a competitive marketplace.