The Arizona Corporation Commission on Monday swore in three new Commissioners.

Sandra Kennedy, Paul Newman and Bob Stump took their oaths of office to begin four-year terms, according to a release.

Commissioners Kris Mayes and Gary Pierce will continue their terms in office.

The Corporation Commission regulates public gas, electric, water, sewer and telecommunication utilities, but has additional responsibilities granted by the state constitution.

The commission also registers corporations and limited liability companies doing business in Arizona, regulates the sale of securities or investments, registers investment advisers and sales representatives and enforces railroad and pipeline safety statutes.

Sandra Kennedy is the first African-American elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Kennedy has served in a number of public offices beginning with her 1986 election to the Arizona House of Representatives, where she served for six years (1986-92).

In 1990, she won a four-year term on the Phoenix Union High School Governing Board.

Kennedy was elected state senator in 1992 and subsequently served three terms (1992-98).

Kennedy majored in accounting and business administration at Arizona State University.

Originally from Oklahoma City, she came to Phoenix in 1971.

Paul Newman served two-terms as a Cochise County supervisor and three terms as a state representative.

Before moving to Arizona in 1988, he was an administrator, researcher, and consultant with the California court system, where he served as court management consultant from 1976 to 1986.

Newman has also served as a public defender in San Diego and Cochise and Pima counties.

He maintains a private practice in Bisbee.

Newman earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral and social sciences from the University of Maryland, a master’s in public administration, a master’s in judicial administration from University Southern California, and a law degree from California Western School of Law.

Bob Stump represented District 9 in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2002-08.

Before seeking public office, Stump worked as a reporter and editor for leading national and local magazines and newspapers in Washington, D.C., and Tucson.

Stump holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.

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