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Corbett names counsel for Democrats as pick for PUC commissioner

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Gov. Tom Corbett has announced his pick of Gladys M. Brown, deputy chief counsel for state Senate Democrats, to become a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Brown earned her bachelor's degree and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, according to a news release from Corbett's office. She was a law clerk to retired U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Simmons and assistant counsel for the Department of State's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

Her expertise includes work in public utility law to draft legislation for electric competition, telephone and natural gas deregulation, according to the release.

Commissioner Wayne E. Gardner, whom Brown would replace, said in a statement from the PUC that she will make an outstanding commissioner. Gardner was tapped for his post by former Gov. Ed Rendell and his term expired earlier this year, according to the release.

A nominee for the PUC requires a majority vote in the state Senate, according to Corbett's office.

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