Gov. Mark Dayton appointed John Tuma to a six year term on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which regulates electric, gas and telephone utilities, according to a Dayton news release.

His appointment requires Senate approval.

Tuma served in the Minnesota House from 1995 to 2002 as a Republican, representing parts of Rice, LeSueur, Scott and Dakota counties.

He is currently a lobbyist for Conservation Minnesota and has had policy positions at the Minnesota Inter-County Association and the Minnesota Environmental Partnership.