Despite outside efforts to derail her appointment as the next Public Service Commission chairwoman, Nancy Argenziano today won unanimous approval to the job be for a two-year appointment beginning in January.
"Throughout her adult life, she has answered the call to leadership,'' said Commission Chairman Matthew Carter, who nominated Argenziano, citing the numerous committees and councils she served on as a state legislature.
Carter said the "commision has to rise to new heights to meet new challenges and to boldly go where no commission has gone before.''
Commissioner Lisa Edgar, who previously served as chairman, seconded the motion to nominate Argenziano saying she was "pleased to have the opportunity to work with you during these next few years.''
Commissioner Nathan Skop noted that Argenziano is loved by consumers and her constituents. Commissioner David Klement commended Carter for his "steady hand at the helm" through difficult times.
Argenziano, who served in the state legislature form 1996 until Gov. Charlie Crist appointed her to the PSC in 2007, accepted the nomination, saying she considers it an administrative job but a tough one that requires juggling the schedules of five commissioners and the utilities. "What I do expect is that each one of you remmeber you are independent commissioners and want to keep it that way," she said. She vowed to "be fair, always be fair'' and urged them "don't fear and don't fret."