• Commissioner Porter to Lead Commerce
  • April 15, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • Governor Kasich announced this week that Andre T. Porter will leave the Public Utilities Commission to become director of the Ohio Department of Commerce effective April 22. Porter was appointed by Governor Kasich to serve as a commissioner in February 2011. He will replace David Goodman who was named Development Services Agency director last month. Porter’s departure creates a republican vacancy on the commission.

    Prior to his current role, Porter was a practicing attorney at Schottenstein Zox and Dunn Co., LPA (now Ice Miller LLP), where he counseled commercial and industrial businesses, municipalities and trade associations on energy and utility regulation, as well as real estate tax issues.

    Separately, State Representative Matt Szollosi (D- Oregon) recently announced he would resign his seat to take the role of Executive Director for the Affiliated Construction Trades of Ohio. Szollosi, who currently serves as the Assistant Minority Leader, was elected to his fourth term in November. The House Minority caucus is expected to create a search committee to identify a successor.