- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has picked a familiar face to lead the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Kasich appointed Andre Porter on Tuesday to serve as the state’s top utility regulator.

Porter was previously a commissioner from 2011 to 2013. He was then named the state’s commerce director. In February, Kasich appointed Porter to a five-year term on the utilities commission beginning on April 11.

Porter will replace Thomas Johnson, who recently announced he would step down as chairman but remain on the commission.

Johnson had said he needed to alleviate some demands on his time but planned to serve the remainder of his term, which ends in April 2019.

Porter is a former member of the city council in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna.

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