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Doug Dean became Director of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in March 2005.
The PUC regulates rates and services provided by Colorado public utilities. These utilities include electrical, common carrier, pipeline, gas, telephone, and water corporations, all of which supply services to the public. During fiscal Year 2004-05, the PUC oversaw almost $8 billion in annual jurisdictional utility revenues in Colorado.Prior to becoming Director of the PUC, Mr. Dean served as the Colorado Insurance Commissioner for two years. He was an active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, serving as Chairman of the Interstate Compact Implementation Task Force and Chairman of the Collaborative Actions Group.
Mr. Dean was elected to four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, serving on the Business Affairs and Labor Committee; the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee; and the Education Committee where he served one term as Vice-Chairman. In 1999, his colleagues elected him as House Majority Leader, and in 2001 he was elected Speaker of the House.
In his tenure in the legislature, he sponsored several significant pieces of legislation including education reform, increased funding for charter schools, creation of Challenger Learning Centers in Colorado, inmate fraud prevention, college savings plans, increased funding for Colorado tourism, and the new Denver Broncos stadium. He also received numerous 'Legislator of the Year' awards.