Lewis Mills, Missouri’s official utility consumer advocate, has over twenty years experience in public utility regulation, from the perspective of a consumer advocate as well as the perspective of a state regulator. In 1988, Mr. Mills first came to the Office of the Public Counsel, Missouri’s state agency charged with representing the public in matters related to public utilities, as an entry-level attorney. He was promoted to Deputy Public Counsel in 1989, and served in that capacity until 1998. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Mills was a deputy chief administrative law judge at the Missouri Public Service Commission. In 2005 he returned to the Office of the Public Counsel when he was appointed to head the agency.
Mr. Mills’ experience as both a consumer advocate and a regulator offers him a unique perspective to analyze and understand public utility issues. Although Mr. Mills has been most interested in issues having to do with the electricity industry, he has also been involved in water and sewer, natural gas, and telecommunications issues.
Mr. Mills is the Vice President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Financial Research Institute at the University of Missouri, the Missouri Universal Service Board, and the Relay Missouri Advisory Committee. Mr. Mills received his undergraduate degree (a BS in geology) from St. Lawrence University and his law degree from the University of Utah.