Policymaking at its Finest
Illinois State Senator David Koehler and Indiana State Senator Eric Koch are Co-Chairs of the NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply.
The 2019 Energy Policy Summit in Nashville drew heavy hitters from utilities. Among them were Jeff Lyash, CEO, TVA, Charles Patton, executive vice president of external affairs, American Electric Power, and Bill Murray, senior vice president — corporate affairs and communications, Dominion Energy. The August Energy Summit was kicked off on a Sunday morning by bipartisan co-chairs, Indiana State Senator Eric Koch and Illinois State Senator David Koehler.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: What is your job at the legislature and how did you get there?
Senator David Koehler: I was elected to the Senate in 2006. I spent eight years on the Peoria City Council, and six years before that on the Peoria County Board. I came out of local government.
I've always been in the majority. I'm now assistant majority leader in the Senate. I've chaired environment and conservation, local government and agriculture, and I'm also the chair of the downstate Democratic Senate Caucus.
Senator Eric Koch: This is my seventeenth year in the Indiana state legislature. I spent the first fourteen years in the Indiana House, including serving as chair of the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.