IOWA CITY, Iowa – A powerful Iowa regulator has maintained a busy and lucrative private legal practice, although the law requires her to devote her “entire time” to the state.
A review by The Associated Press shows that Iowa Utilities Board Chairman Geri Huser has been involved in 50 cases as a lawyer during her two-year tenure, the sign of the scores of chips and occasionally appear on the sessions during the normal working hours. Judges have awarded her company at least $177,000 in fees for its cases during that period.
An appointee of Gov. Terry Branstad and former Democratic state representative, Huser regulates the service and rates of electricity and gas utilities. As chairman of the three-member board of directors, Huser has administrative tasks and earns $128,900 salary.
Spokesmen for the board of directors and Branstad is calling Huser’s outside work is appropriate.