Maryland Governor Wes Moore has announced the appointment of Indian-American delegate Kumar Barve to the State’s public service commission, after the 2023 legislative session.
“I am proud to announce the selection of Delegate Kumar Barve to serve on the public service commission. He is a veteran of the Maryland House of Delegates and his leadership within the environment and transportation committee makes him the ideal candidate for this role,” said Gov Moore in a statement.
“I am confident in Barve’s ability to bolster my administration’s commitment to environmental stewardship while ensuring ratepayers are protected,” he added.
Barve is the first Indian-American elected to a state legislature in the United States. He has been a member of the House of Delegates since January 1991. While representing District 17 in Montgomery County, he served as chair of the environment and transportation committee since 2015. He served as Democratic House majority leader from 2003-2015.
He sponsored several climate change laws, led Maryland’s effort to promote high-tech job creation, and was a central player in closing corporate tax loopholes and in transforming Maryland’s tax code to be more progressive.
Delegate Barve earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Georgetown University.