Past Commissioners/Board Members

Past Commissioners/Board Members

The Iowa Board of Railroad Commissioners, one of the oldest agencies in Iowa state government, had three elected commissioners who were charged with the duty to regulate railroad passenger and freight rates and operations. This oversight of the network that transported Iowans and their products was critical to pioneer farmers and businesses.

In 1911 the Iowa Legislature established the Office of Commerce Counsel within the Railroad Commission. With the growing use of electricity, the Board was authorized to regulate the location of electric transmission lines in Iowa.  The agency began licensing grain warehouses in Iowa in 1921 and was authorized to regulate passenger and freight rates for intrastate motor truck transportation in 1923. Authority to regulate natural gas pipeline construction was granted in the early 1930s. Because of its expanded authority, the agency was renamed the Iowa State Commerce Commission in 1937.

After World War II ended, sentiment grew for centralized regulation of public utilities. By 1953, Iowa was one of only two states that lacked a public utility commission. In 1963 the Iowa Legislature added the regulation of the rates and service of public utility companies to the Commission’s responsibilities. Also in 1963 the commission terms were extended from two years to six years and the positions became appointed rather than elected.

State government reorganization in 1986 renamed the Iowa State Commerce Commission and included the agency in an umbrella regulatory agency, the Department of Commerce. The new name, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), reflected the absence of the grain warehouse function that was transferred to the Department of Agriculture.


Iowa Board of Railroad Commissioners (established 1878)

Name

Years Served

James W. McDill

1878-1881 & 1884-1887

Peter A. Dey

1878-1891 & 1892-1895

M.C. Woodruff

1878-1882

A.R. Anderson

1881-1884

James Wilson

1882-1883

Lorenzo S. Coffin

1883-1888

Spencer Smith

1887-1893

Frank T. Campbell

1888-1892

John W. Luke

1891-1896

George W. Perkins

1893-1899

Charles L. Davidson

1895-1898

Edward A. Dawson

1896-1907

David J. Palmer

1898-1915

Welcome Mowry

1899-1902

Ed C. Brown

1902-1905

Nathaniel S. Ketchum

1905-1915

Willard L. Eaton

1907-1911

Clifford Thorne

1911-1917

J.H. Wilson

1915-1916

Jno. A. Guiher

1915-1921

Dwight N. Lewis

1917-1927

Charles Webster

1917-1935

E.D. Chassell

1916-1917

Fred P. Woodruff

1921-1925 & 1927-1935

B.M. Richardson

1925-1933 & 1939-1951

M.P. Conway

1933-1941

Harry B. Dunlap

1935-1939

Geo. A. Huffman

1935-1938

Iowa State Commerce Commission (established 1937)

Name

Years Served

J.J. Lynch

1938-1939

Barr Keshlear

1939-1943

Carl W. Reed

1941-1957

David B. Long

1943-1954

Frank B. Means

1952 & 1963-1971

John M. Ropes

1953-1959

John A. Tallman

1955-1959

Ray H. Thompson

1957-1963

Harold E. Hughes

1959-1963

Bernard J. Martin

1959-1969

Waldo F. Wheeler

1963-1965

Dick A. Witt

1965-1971

Kenneth J. Benda

1969-1971

Maurice Van Nostrand

1971-1979

Howard Bell

1971-1975

Fred H. Moore

1972-1983

Mary F. Holstad

1975-1980

Andrew Varley

1979-1988

Christine Hansen

1980-1987

Paul Franzenburg

1983-1991

 

Iowa Utilities Board (established 1986)

Name

Years Served

Nancy Shimanek Boyd

1987-1997

Dennis Nagel

1988-1994

Emmit George

1991-1999

Allan T. Thoms

1995-2001

Paula Dierenfeld

1997-1999

Susan Frye

1999-2001

Diane Munns

1999-2007

Mark O. Lambert

2001-2005

Elliott G. Smith

2002-2005

John R. Norris

2005-2009

Curtis W. Stamp

2005-2007

Krista K. Tanner

2007-2011

Darrell Hanson

2007-2013

Robert Berntsen

2009-2011

Elizabeth Jacobs

2011-

Swati Dandekar

2011-2013

Nick Wagner

2013-

Sheila Tipton

2013-2015

Geri D. Huser 2015-