By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Friday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed State Representative Jeremy Oden (R) from Eva to fill the position on the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) vacated by the election of PSC Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) to the Presidency of the PSC on November 6th.
Gov. Bentley said, “I’ve known Jeremy for many years, and I know him to be a dedicated public servant who wants the best for the people of Alabama. I approached him about serving as a commissioner because of that dedication to public service. He will represent the needs of consumers in a fair and responsible manner. People across the state will benefit from his service on the commission.”
Representative Oden said, “It has been an honor to serve the people of District 11 for the past 14 years. They have supported me, and I did my best to represent them in Montgomery. I thank them for their support, and I look forward to continuing to serve them in this statewide office. I also want to thank Governor Bentley for the confidence he has in me to serve in this new role. I look forward to serving all the people of Alabama and protecting their interests on the Public Service Commission.”
Jeremy Oden’s term on the Alabama Public Service Commission will begin with his swearing in on Monday, December 3, 2012. Oden will serve the remaining two years of Cavanaugh’s term.
Rep. Oden said, “I look forward to working with Governor Bentley, legislators, President Cavanaugh, and Associate Commissioner Dunn to keep the Public Service Commission strong for the people of Alabama. The Legislature created the Public Service Commission to give Alabamians a watchdog with a noble purpose – ensuring access to reliable, affordable energy for all Alabamians. As Commissioner, I intend to do just that.”
Rep. Oden said, “I will do everything I can to support Governor Bentley’s mission to put Alabamians back to work. Our state’s low-cost energy assists in job recruitment, and I think the Public Service Commission can and should be a major part of initiatives to create jobs.”
Oden has represented House District 11 since 1998. The District covers parts of Cullman, Blount and Morgan Counties. There will be a special election to fill the District 11 vacancy. The details have yet to be announced. Oden is an ordained minister and is the owner/operator of Oden Farms. Rep. Oden has also been a branch manager and a vice president at Eva Bank in Cullman County. Rep. Oden has served on the Education Trust Fund Committee and the Energy Council in the Alabama House. Rep. Oden was one of the founding members of the Brindlee Mountain Republican Club.