Commissioner Kumar P. Barve

Kumar P. Barve was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in May 2023 by Governor Wes Moore, to fill out a term ending in June 2024. He was later appointed to a new five-year term to begin July 1, 2024. Prior to his appointment, he had served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 1991, holding leadership roles including Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee, Majority Leader, and Chair of the Montgomery County House delegation. While in the General Assembly he worked on issues including environmental regulation, energy generation and conservation, and greenhouse gas reduction. Notably, he was the first Indian-American in the country to be elected to a state legislature.

As a legislator, Commissioner Barve was the recipient of the Casper R. Taylor, Jr. Award in 2023; Certificate of Appreciation from the Maryland Municipal League in 2007, 2010 and 2011; Maryland Super Star from the Maryland Municipal League in 2008; and Legislator of the Year from the Montgomery County Medical Society in 1995, 1996 and 2000.

Commissioner Barve is a member of the Committee on International Relations and the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

A graduate of Paint Branch High School in Silver Spring, Commissioner Barve received a B.S. in Accounting from Georgetown University. He is a resident of Rockville, Maryland.

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