Randy Christmann is a Commissioner for the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
The small but mighty North Dakota Public Service Commission handles a lot in this vast agricultural and ranching state. North Dakota PSC is also in charge of weights and measures, protecting consumers by making sure they get what they pay for. Commissioners in North Dakota are elected and spend a lot of time traveling to hearings held among constituents for the serious business of regulating in the public interest.
PUF: How did your background lead you to the Commission?
Commissioner Randy Christmann: I grew up on a ranch, and that's what I wanted to do. The single best and most important career decision I made was when I was seventeen years old.
I joined the North Dakota Army National Guard, and it got me out of rural North Dakota and into an environment where I worked with, thrived, and learned from people of other cultures, areas, and backgrounds.
I learned to take orders that I didn't necessarily understand or agree with. I also learned to have responsibilities placed upon me, where I had to exert leadership, plan ahead, and make sure I could carry them out. That was huge for me.