101 Executive Center Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
|Term length||4 Years|
|Election Cycle||Staggered, Every two years (even)|
|Commissioner Prequalifications||There are statutory qualifications to becoming a commissioner, as follows: "(A) The commission is composed of seven members to be elected...||
There are statutory qualifications to becoming a commissioner, as follows: "(A) The commission is composed of seven members to be elected by the General Assembly in the manner prescribed by this chapter. Each member must have: (1) a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from: (a) a recognized institution of higher learning requiring face-to-face contact between its students and instructors prior to completion of the academic program; (b) an institution of higher learning that has been accredited by a regional or national accrediting body; or (c) an institution of higher learning chartered before 1962; and (2) a background of substantial duration and an expertise in at least one of the following: (a) energy issues; (b) telecommunications issues; (c) consumer protection and advocacy issues; (d) water and wastewater issues; (e) finance, economics, and statistics; (f) accounting; (g) engineering; or (h) law. (B) The review committee may find a candidate qualified although the candidate does not have a background of substantial duration and expertise in one of the eight enumerated areas contained in subsection (A)(2) of this section if three-fourths of the review committee vote to qualify the candidate and provide written justification of their decision in the report as to the qualifications of the candidates. (C) The qualification provisions of subsection (A) of this section do not apply to the reelection of a commissioner elected by the General Assembly on March 3, 2004, so long as there is no break in service. "