Friday, November 2, 2012

 

Attorney General Kelly announces appointment of Tanya J. McCloskey as Acting Consumer Advocate

 

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly today announced the appointment of Tanya J. McCloskey as Acting Consumer Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Ms. McCloskey has worked at the Office of Consumer Advocate for 25 years and has served for the past 19 years as a Senior Assistant Consumer Advocate, where she participated in a wide range of activities in the field of public utility law and consumer law.  She has been active in the litigation of rate cases before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as well as investigations of utility activities, merger applications, petition cases, and proposed rulemakings.  Ms. McCloskey has also participated extensively in matters relating to the restructuring of the electric and natural gas industries in Pennsylvania.  In addition, she has participated in appeals at both the state and federal levels, as well as serving as a liaison with other state and federal agencies in the area of the regulation of energy utilities. 

Ms. McCloskey enjoys an excellent reputation among her peers and the regulated community as a tireless advocate for consumers, but as someone who listens to all points of view and strives to be fair and reasonable in carrying out her duties.

Ms. McCloskey received her B.A. from Dickinson College in 1977 and was awarded her J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in 1987.  Between college and law school, Ms. McCloskey worked in the field of mental health at the Stevens Mental Health Center in Carlisle, PA.

The Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) was established by the General Assembly to represent the interests of Pennsylvania consumers in matters involving their utility rates and service.  In addition to the Consumer Advocate the OCA’s employee complement includes 14 attorneys and 16 other professional, administrative, and clerical staff.  The OCA maintains its own Website at www.oca.state.pa.us and operates a toll-free call center to handle questions and complaints from Pennsylvania utility consumers.  The Consumer Advocate is regularly called upon to testify on proposed legislation and other matters before the General Assembly that affect the interests of utility consumers.  In addition, the Consumer Advocate and other members of the OCA Staff participate on a number of statewide and national organizations that deal with utility consumer issues as well as numerous educational activities for utility consumers across the Commonwealth.

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