PUC Press Release:
South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen was sworn in to office on Saturday, Jan. 5 to officially begin her new term. South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Janine Kern administered the oath at a ceremony held in the State Capitol in Pierre.
Fiegen began serving on the PUC in August 2011 when Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed her to fill a vacancy. She was elected to her first full, six-year term in November 2012 and was re-elected in November 2018. She served as the commission’s chairperson in 2017 and 2018 and vice chairperson in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
“South Dakota is my passion. It’s the state I grew up in and the state I’m raising my family in. That’s why protecting South Dakota consumers is so important to me,” said Fiegen. “I’m grateful to the people of South Dakota for the confidence they have instilled in me and I look forward to continuing to dive deep into the issues that impact utility consumers in our state.”
Fiegen currently serves as secretary/treasurer of the Southwest Power Pool's Regional State Committee and is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Committee on Gas and Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. She is also a member of the Gas Technology Institute's Public Interest Advisory Committee where she provides guidance related to the interests of the public and gas consumers.
Prior to her time at the PUC, Fiegen was the president of Junior Achievement of South Dakota for 17 years, spent nine years as the South Dakota area manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and served four terms as a legislator in the South Dakota House of Representatives.
During the oath ceremony, Fiegen’s husband, Tim, held the Bible that belonged to the commissioner’s mother, Evelyn Olson. Several other family members were also in attendance at the event.