Illinois governor appoints new commerce commissioner

Published on January 31, 2017 by Daily Energy Insider Reports

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently appointed Sadzi Martha Oliva to a five-year term at the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).

If confirmed by the Illinois Senate, Oliva would become the first Latina Commissioner.

“Ms. Oliva’s comprehensive legal background and prove record of public service maker her well equipped for this role,” ICC Chairman Brien Sheahan said. “As the first Latina to serve, this historic appointment exemplifies Governor Rauner’s continued commitment to diversity and makes Illinois one of the most diverse public utility commissions in the country. I’m proud to serve alongside my colleagues.”

Prior to her appointment, Oliva served as General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, where she previously held the positions of Ethics Officer, Administrative Law Judge and Chief of Medical Prosecutions. She also worked as the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and chaired the Illinois Governor’s Office Administrative Hearings Review Committee. Oliva is a member of the Cuban-American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois.

“I’m honored to have been selected by Governor Rauner for this role,” Oliva said. “I look forward to helping ensure a fair and effective balance between the interests of Illinois consumers and public utilities, energy suppliers, and transportation companies.”

The ICC has five Commissioners, one of whom is selected as Chairman by the governor. Each Commissioner is appointed by the governor and then confirmed by the Illinois State Senate for a five-year term.