Andy Tobin
  Commissioner
 

Commissioner Andy Tobin is a well-known leader in Arizona state government. Prior to his appointment to the Arizona Corporation Commission, Tobin was appointed by the Governor to serve as director of the Arizona Department of Insurance in October 2015, providing oversight of all insurance companies, agents, brokers, licensing, and consumer protections. In addition, he was appointed acting director of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions. Prior to those appointments, Tobin served as director of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures, helping consolidate the agency, reducing costs and improving consumer services and protections

Commissioner Tobin was a long-time member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing rural Arizona from 2006 to 2014. He was Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2014. Prior to his Speakership, he served as the House Majority Leader and Majority Whip. During his tenure in the House, he was appointed Vice Chair of the Education Committee and was a member of both the Pensions and Health and Human Services Committees, to name a few. Tobin was instrumental in passing landmark economic development tax reform, reinventing Arizona’s Commerce Authority, and establishing the Department of Child Safety.

Prior to joining the Department of Insurance, Tobin owned and operated insurance and consulting companies for 20 years and was also CEO of a local aerospace company, employing 200 people, from 2000 to 2003.

 

 Tobin was elected the National President of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) from 1988 – 1989. In that capacity, Mr. Tobin served as ex-officio board member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the Hugh O’Brian Foundation. As head of the Jaycees, he also worked with the Reagan-Bush Administration regarding the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and a Line Item Veto.

  Scope of Work

As a Commissioner, Andy Tobin is dedicated to improving every aspect of the Commission from the process that is used to determine cases to the manner in which the Commission engages Arizonans to water conservation and forest restoration through bioenergy production. Chairman Forese’s leadership led to the creation of Commission Committees and the Water Committee being created. As chairman of the Water Committee, Commissioner Tobin has created a broad scope of work that dives deep into areas of the Commission that are vastly complex such as water loss calculations and water utility rate structures. Refining the Commissions process and coordinate with other agencies such as ADWR and ADEQ will lead to better manage water conservation in our state. Additionally, Commissioner Tobin was instrumental in establishing the Water Emergency Team which is a comprised of the Department of Emergency & Military Affairs, Department of Water Resources, Department of Environmental Equality, WIFA, and other agencies to respond to water emergencies and proactively protect Arizona water. Committee, Commissioner Tobin has created a broad scope of work that dives deep into areas of the Commission that are vastly complex such as water loss calculations and water utility rate structures. Refining the Commissions process and coordinate with other agencies such as ADWR and ADEQ will lead to better manage water conservation in our state. Additionally, Commissioner Tobin was instrumental in establishing the Water Emergency Team which is a comprised of the Department of Emergency & Military Affairs, Department of Water Resources, Department of Environmental Equality, WIFA, and other agencies to respond to water emergencies and proactively protect Arizona water.

         
   Water Committee Workshops    Water Emergency Team (WET)  
 
  •  Reforming the Certificate in Aid of
    Construction Policy to better assist small
    water utilities in acquiring infrastructure
    they need to service their local communities.
  • Reforming and standardizing water loss
    policy to better manage water conservation
    in the state and improve coordination
    between agencies heavily involved in water.
  • To watch the workshop videos at:
     

Commissioner Tobin has led the way at the Commission on many issues that face rural Arizona. He fought to find a better deal for the Navajo Generating Station and still looks for ways to boost rural Arizona’s economy through innovative industry such as bioenergy and material. The Commissioner has been a steady hand in the controversy surrounding the solar and helped ensure that, through the Value of Solar case, a policy that best for the public interest be adopted. This policy is now the model for the rest of the U.S. when finding a balance between public utilities and solar rooftop users. This even led to a historic agreement between the solar industry and Arizona’s largest public energy utility.

His greatest effort for the state is the Arizona Universal Service Fund which was has been modified to generate the necessary funding to help fund broadband infrastructure projects for rural schools and libraries. The state estimated $100-150 million was needed to fund all of the broadband projects in rural Arizona and connect even our most underserved schools to the internet. In collaboration with the Governor’s Office, the Department of Administration, the Department of Education, the State Land Department and the Arizona Commerce Authority, the state will generate $8-11 million that will be used as the state matching funds to receive federal funds from the FCC’s E-Rate fund. The FFC’s E-Rate fund will cover up to 90% of the costs of broadband projects for schools if the state covers the final 10%. This monumental effort will connect thousands of students in every county to the internet and finally bring our rural communities up to speed.

  Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative and the Arizona Universal Service Fund

AUSF Corp Comm VIDEO