Governor Appoints Biloxi State Representative
to the Public Service Commission
From: Office of the Governor
Filed 4/7/06 GCN
(JACKSON, Mississippi) * Governor Haley Barbour today named State
Representative Leonard Bentz of Biloxi to fill the vacant position from
the Southern District on the three-member Mississippi Public Service
Bentz, 34, a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives since
January 2004, replaces former Commissioner Michael Callahan of
Hattiesburg, who resigned to lead the Electric Power Associations of
Mississippi. Prior to his appointment, which is effective today, Bentz
submitted a letter of resignation from his House seat representing
"I appreciate Leonard's service in the House and am delighted he has
accepted this new challenge. With his knowledge and experience he will do
an outstanding job representing the Southern District on the Public
Service Commission," Governor Barbour said.
"I am looking forward to being Public Service Commissioner for the
Southern District to ensure that customers have reliable power service at
reasonable rates," Bentz said.
Bentz, who is a former investigator for the Public Service Commission and
former Harrison County deputy sheriff, graduated from Biloxi High School,
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern
Mississippi. He has been in the property management business.
Bentz and his wife, the former Amber Fayard, are the parents of two sons,
Len, 13, and Hunter, 8.