WASHINGTON – Arkansas’s U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman urged members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to support Colette D. Honorable’s nomination to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) while introducing her at this morning’s hearing.
Honorable currently serves as Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. She was appointed Chairman by Governor Mike Beebe in October 2007 and reappointed to a six-year term in January 2011.
“There is no one more qualified for this position than Colette Honorable. Colette is honest and fair, listens to all sides of an issue, and carefully weighs all of the evidence before rendering a decision. She works harder than anyone I know to make sure regulations are done right. Her integrity is unquestionable. As a FERC Commissioner, these qualities will serve our nation well as demand for efficient, reliable and affordable energy services continues to rise,” Pryor said. “I will continue to work hard to move her nomination forward over the next few weeks.”
“Chairman Honorable has served on Arkansas’s Public Service Commission for over seven years. During that time she has earned the deep respect of Arkansans,” Boozman said. “The reason that I am comfortable endorsing her is that whether or not we agree on every issue, I believe that Colette is dedicated to the principles of fairness and the rule of law – principles that will continue to guide her. She has a reputation as a straight-shooter and an independent regulator.”
Chairman Honorable previously served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis (previously Memphis State University) and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.
Chairman Honorable has practiced law for over eighteen years and is licensed to practice in the Arkansas state courts, in the United States District Courts of Arkansas, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She has also served as a special judge in Pulaski County Circuit Court and has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.