Bruce Conque, District 6 Representative on the Lafayette Council and 2016 Chairman of the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority, has been named to a one-year term on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council by APPA’s Board of Directors. APPA is the Washington, D.C.–based national service organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 not-for- profit, community-owned electric utilities that serve 48 million consumers.

The Policy Makers Council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power systems like the municipally owned Lafayette Utilities System and opposing harmful legislation. It also provides advice on other issues of importance to APPA. Members of the council meet a minimum of twice a year, and participate in meetings with elected representatives and congressional staff for the purposes of supporting APPA’s national legislative agenda.

The council is made up of 40 members who serve on either utility boards or are elected officials in public power communities. Four members are appointed to the Council from each of the 10 geographic regions recognized by APPA. In addition, there are a number of “At-Large” members of the Council from across the country who are appointed based on vacancies in the 10 regions.

“Lafayette is fortunate to have Bruce sit on this council. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the position and he will well represent Lafayette’s interests on the national level. I thank him for his continued commitment to the community”, comments mayor-president of Lafayette Consolidated Government, Joel Robideaux. Terry Huval, Director of the Lafayette Utilities System (LUS), and former Board Chair of APPA, said, “I am excited Bruce has been chosen to serve on this important council. His input and vast experience will be important to help publicly-owned electric providers, such as LUS, be best prepared for the future.”