MADISON – On Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Senate voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of Rebecca Cameron Valcq as a Commissioner to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC). Valcq has been serving as a Commissioner since her appointment by Governor Tony Evers on January 7, 2019, and as the PSC’s chairperson since March 2, 2019. As PSC Chair, Valcq is a member of Governor Evers’ cabinet and is the first Latina to hold the post.
“I want to sincerely thank Governor Evers for appointing me to this position and for trusting me to make the proper decisions related to the regulation of Wisconsin’s utilities, and the management of the State Energy Office and Broadband Expansion Grant and Focus on Energy programs,” said Valcq. “I’d also like to thank the State Senate for its vote. I am looking forward to continuing to work on the issues critically important to Wisconsin.”
The PSC is an independent regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest. Since 1907, the agency has been responsible for the regulation of Wisconsin public utilities, including those that are municipally owned. The PSC works to ensure that, in the absence of competition, adequate and reasonably priced service is provided to utility customers. PSC approval is required before utilities can change rates, build large power plants, or construct major transmission lines. Wisconsin’s State energy Office and Focus on Energy and Broadband Expansion Grant programs are also housed at the PSC.
Chairperson Valcq’s Bio
Rebecca Cameron Valcq was appointed by Governor Tony Evers as Commissioner at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a six-year term beginning on January 7, 2019. Governor Evers also appointed her as Commission Chairperson for a two-year term effective March 2, 2019. She is the first Latina to hold the post. Prior to her appointments, Valcq was a partner at Quarles & Brady Law Firm in the energy, environment and natural resources practice group. Previous to that position, she was regulatory counsel for Wisconsin Electric Power Company where she advised management on all areas of regulatory law in multiple jurisdictions as well as compliance matters.
She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on the Committee on Water, and the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity.
Valcq earned her undergraduate degree from Drake University and her law degree from Marquette University.
She was named a “40 Under 40” by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2013 and received a Girl Scout Leadership G.I.R.L. award in 2019. She has served on a number of non-profit boards of directors including Centro Legal, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. She was a member of the United Way’s Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Committee and Marquette University Law School’s Diversity Committee.
She resides in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin with her husband Rob and their two daughters.