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Lauren "Bubba" McDonald,
Commissioner Since: January 1, 2009
Year Elected: 2008, 2014
Serves Through: December 31, 2020
Republican, Clarkesville
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McDonald, who served 20 years as a state Representative, was appointed to the PSC by Governor Zell Miller to fill a vacated post and then re-elected in a special mid-term election in 1998. He held the seat until 2002. On December 2, 2008, Georgians elected McDonald to serve on the PSC again.  The voters re-elected him again in November 2014 to another six-year term.

McDonald has a deep knowledge of the energy industry. Today he is a member of NARUC's Electric Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Waste Subcommittee.  He also serves on the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition’s Executive Committee, focusing on the organization’s communications to Congress, government officials, and the public.

McDonald has spent decades serving the residents of Georgia. As a state Representative, he chaired the Industry Committee for five years and the Appropriations Committee for eight years. He also served as a commissioner in Jackson County, served on the Board of Managers of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, and volunteered as a Firefighter for the city of Commerce for 35 years. He also served six years in the Georgia Air National Guard.

A native of Commerce who now resides in Clarkesville, McDonald is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA in Business. He has long been a supporter of higher education, serving on the Board of Governors of Mercer Medical College and the Board of the Advanced Technology Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also a director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia.

McDonald has lived his entire life within District Four of the PSC. Currently, he is a partner in L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home in Cumming and Dahlonega with his son, Lauren III. He married Shelley McDonald in May 2012. He was married to the late Sunny Nivens McDonald for 45 years. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a private pilot, and an avid golfer.

March 29, 2017McDonald Applauds Passage of Nuclear Waste Resolution by Georgia State Senate
February 24, 2017McDonald Says House Bill 479 Would Mean No Solar in Georgia
June 7, 2016Commissioner McDonald Named as Delegate to 2016 Republican National Convention
October 28, 2015Commissioner McDonald Statement on Lawsuits Challenging EPA Clean Power Plan Rule
December 16, 2014McDonald Takes Oath of Office for New Term
October 22, 2014Commissioner McDonald to hold News Conference on Georgia Power and U.S. Army Solar Projects
July 30, 2014Atlanta Business Chronicle: Supporters, Critics of EPA Rule Sound Off in Atlanta, part 1
July 30, 2014Atlanta Business Chronicle: Supporters, Critics of EPA Rule Sound Off in Atlanta, part 2
July 29, 2014Commissioner McDonald Remarks at EPA Hearing on Proposed Clean Power Rules in Atlanta, Georgia on July 29, 2014
June 27, 2014Solar Foundation Honors McDonald with 2014 Individual Achievement Award
May 13, 2014Commissioner McDonald Applauds Dedication of Georgia Solar Farm
May 6, 2014Georgia Power and U.S. Army Look to Install Solar Projects at Georgia Bases
April 14, 2014Commissioner McDonald Joins Governor in Proclaming April 2014 as Dig Safely Month
March 18, 2014Commission Urges Congress to Act to End Georgia Ratepayers Fees for Nuclear Waste Disposal Site
February 24, 2014Commissioner McDonald Applauds Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Approval for Plant Vogtle Nuclear Construction Project
February 12, 2014McDonald Briefs Federal Energy Policy Advisors on Georgia Progress in Solar Energy
February 4, 2014McDonald Calls on Congress to Take Action on the Nuclear Waste Fund
August 1, 2013McDonald Named to Executive Committee of Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition
September 19, 2012Statement from Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr. on Georgia Solar Utility, Inc. Announcement
June 9, 2012Atlanta Business Chronicle Op-Ed “When as Adverb is Worth $3.2 Million”
March 21, 2012TRA Welcomes Commissioner McDonald to Tennessee
March 15, 2012Commissioner McDonald Calls for Repayment of Georgia Contributions to Nuclear Waste Fund
October 18, 2011Commissioner McDonald Calls for Study of Renewable Portfolio Standards
June 7, 2011McDonald Calls for Large Scale Solar Projects in Georgia
July 12, 2010McDonald Applauds AGLR for Bringing Jobs Back to Georgia
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