Andrew Fay easily and quickly won a Senate panel’s confirmation vote on Tuesday to the Public Service Commission (PSC).
The Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee unanimously cleared Fay for full Senate consideration.
The 34-year-old lawyer and Tampa native had been Special Counsel to Attorney General Pam Bondi and served as her Director of Legislative Affairs, Cabinet Affairs and Public Policy.
Gov. Rick Scott named him to the PSC, which regulates investor-owned utilities.
During the hearing, Fay alluded to his youth — “We must be representative of all bodies and generations. I am hopeful that the vision I can bring is different and beneficial” — and to his relative inexperience on energy issues.
He compared himself to a high school football player who carries around a play binder: “Mine hasn’t left my hands yet,” he said, adding, “The more I learn, the more I realize there is to learn.”
Fay also acknowledged he had a “nerdy, techy viewpoint” and said his immediate concerns will be power restoration and electric grid security.