BATON ROUGE - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed former Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Charles “Charlie” W. DeWitt Jr. to serve on the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) for District 4. He will fill the vacancy on the commission caused the passing of Clyde Holloway. The appointment runs from Oct. 24, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016. An election for this seat was already scheduled for Nov. 8.

“Charlie served as Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives during a Republican administration,” said Gov. Edwards.  “He prided himself on his ability to reach across the aisle to get things done for the state of Louisiana, and that’s the kind of approach he’ll take in these two months on the PSC.  I appreciate his willingness to serve our state on this interim basis, and I know he’ll serve with the same integrity that Commissioner Holloway would have expected.”

“I am honored to serve the Commission and the people of District 4.  I also appreciate Governor Edwards’ confidence in appointing me to fill the position.  The District 4 office will remain open with the same staff until the end of my appointment,” said DeWitt.

The Fourth District of the PSC includes Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Rapides, Sabine, St. Landry, Vermilion, Vernon Parishes.

Background:

Charles W. DeWitt Jr. is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Alexandria, La.  He served in the House from 1980 to 2008, including four years as Speaker of the House (2000-2004) under former Gov. Mike Foster. Prior to serving in the legislature, he served on the Rapides Parish Police Jury.