Senate confirms Doumit as UTC Commissioner

Bill: SGA 9320

Senate confirms Doumit as UTC Commissioner

LACEY, Wash. – Today, the Washington state Senate confirmed Milton Doumit as commissioner of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) for a six-year term.

Doumit was initially appointed in September 2022 to complete the term of former Commissioner Jay Balasbas, who resigned in March 2022. Gov. Inslee reappointed Doumit to serve a full term earlier this month, which ends on Jan. 1, 2029. Doumit serves on the three-member commission with Chair David Danner and Commissioner Ann Rendahl.

Doumit worked as the vice president of Pacific Northwest State Government Affairs for Verizon Communications, Inc for 15 years. In this role he represented Verizon before local and state agencies, including the UTC. Previously, Doumit served as chief of staff to the Washington State Attorney General, held roles supporting and representing the Washington State Senate, including Secretary of the Senate, and worked as an attorney in private practice.

Doumit holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington State University.

The UTC regulates the rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, landline telephone companies, solid waste haulers, private water systems, and residential movers, among other industries. The agency also manages the state’s pipeline, railroad, and intrastate bus and trucking safety programs.