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Lauren "Bubba" McDonald
Commissioner Since: January 1, 2009
Year Elected: 2008
Serves Through: 2014
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.

McDonald has a deep knowledge of the energy industry. During his previous term, he served on the Committee on Electricity of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, chairing that body's subcommittee on Nuclear Issues and Waste Disposal in 2001 and 2002. Today he is a member of NARUC's Electric Committee and  where he is Vice-Chair of Nuclear Waste Subcommittee.

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.

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.

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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