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John T. Coughlin
Independent Director
2018 Chair, Texas RE Board of Directors

John T. Coughlin has an extensive amount of experience serving on utility-related boards. He was Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Maryland’s (PJM) first Chairman and served on that Board for 14 years. He served on all of PJM’s major committees. He initiated the formation of a Regulatory Committee and as its first Chair directed PJM’s FERC activities and its interactions with its 13 state commissions and the District of Columbia. He served on the first Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Board for nine years as one of seven non-affiliated directors where he was a charter member of its Governance and Nominating Committee. He was also a former Secretary of Labor and a six-year Utility Commissioner for the state of Wisconsin. While a Utility Commissioner, he testified before Congress advocating a national effort to promote industry-relevant research on electric and magnetic fields (EMF). In addition, he was National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) representative to NERC and a member of NARUC’s Electricity Committee and Chair of its Environment/Efficiency Subcommittee.

Mr. Coughlin served as a professional mediator/arbitrator as a labor lawyer in private practice for 14 years. As a mediator/arbitrator, he served on neutral panels of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and was a permanent arbitrator for Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas).

Mr. Coughlin holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Marquette University, a Master's degree in Management from the University of Illinois and a JD degree in law from the Marquette University Law School, where he subsequently taught labor law.

Mr. Coughlin is currently serving a three-year term on the Texas RE Board that runs through December 31, 2019, and served as Texas RE Board Vice Chair for 2016 and 2017.

During his time on the Texas RE Board, Mr. Coughlin has served as the Chair of the Audit, Governance, and Finance Committee. He and also Chaired the contested-case subcommittee.

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