ronald-brise_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Public Service Commissioner Ronald Brise will chair the five-member panel in 2012 and 2013.

The commission, which regulates utilities, unanimously elected Brise to a two-year term effective Jan. 2.

The former Democratic state representative from North Miami will succeed Commissioner Arthur Graham.

Then-Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Brise in 2010. Gov. Rick Scott this year reappointed him for a term through January 2014.

Crist appointed Brise and Graham after the Florida Senate refused to confirm two earlier appointees,
David Klement and Benjamin Stevens.

Crist said it was payback because Klement and Stevens voted to reject huge rate increases sought by the state's two largest power companies.

Senators said they weren't qualified and their appointments left the panel with no minority members. Brise and Graham are black.

Photo: Ronald Brise