Zeta Chi '77
Attorney, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Donald L. Soderberg, Esq. has been chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada since July 14, 1999. Governor Kenny Guinn initially appointed him chairman and re-appointed him to a four-year term effective September 30, 2000. Chairman Soderberg has been regulating Nevada utilities since 1995 when then Governor Bob Miller appointed him to the Public Service Commission (the PUCN's predecessor).
An act of the 1997 Session of the Nevada Legislature restructured the Public Service Commission from a five-member commission to two three-member commissions, thus forming the PUCN and the Transportation Services Authority. Upon this restructuring, Chairman Soderberg served on the Transportation Services Authority. He joined the PUCN in December of 1998.
Chairman Soderberg received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his juris doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. He has worked for former United States Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada, and his legal expertise is in environmental and gaming issues. The author of numerous articles and publications, Chairman Soderberg has contributed to Nevada Gaming Law, a textbook on gaming regulation. He is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners where he serves on the Committee on Telecommunications.