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First elected to public office in 2002, Commissioner Stump is a 15-year veteran of Arizona state government and a former Washington, DC-based reporter for The Weekly Standard. He is president of a public policy firm, Stump Strategies, and also serves as Chairman of the Board of Phoenix Opera. Commissioner Stump was educated at Harvard, Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley, from which he graduated with High Honors.
Commissioner Stump has been deemed a "candidate to watch" by the National Journal, “brilliant” and "eminently quotable" by Utility Dive, a "Renaissance Commissioner" by Public Utilities Fortnightly, a "thought leader" by the Institute for Electric Innovation, and one of Arizona's three "Best State Representatives” by the Arizona Capitol Times "Best of the Capitol" survey.
The Arizona Republic says Commissioner Stump is "cerebral…erudite...[an] expert...a candidate with depth [and] intestinal fortitude...energetic…intelligent, hard-working and effective...a quick study." The Tucson Citizen calls him "an innovator" who has "strong experience with public policymaking, wise perspectives on energy use [and] a commitment to pursuing fairness for Arizona residents."
Commissioner Stump represented District 9 in the Arizona House of Representatives for three terms. He was re-elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission, a statewide elective office tasked with regulating most Arizona utilities, in 2012. In a crowded field of candidates, he received the second-highest vote tally of any Arizona Republican candidate on the ballot, surpassed only by U.S. Senator Jeff Flake. He chaired the Commission from 2013-2015 and retired from the Commission in 2017.
Commissioner Stump served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC); was a member of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and the Aspen Institute's Society of Fellows; and was an Advisory Council member of the Center for Public Utilities. He also served on the faculty of Law Seminars International and was a member of the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, which was established after the September 11, 2001 attacks to devise policies to help protect the nation's utility infrastructure from natural disasters and terrorist threats.
His policy proposals have made front-page news in USA Today and serve as model legislation for legislatures throughout the country. Commissioner Stump has discussed his policy initiatives on CNN; "Your World with Neil Cavuto," on the Fox News Channel; National Public Radio; as well as various national and international media. In 2006, he was an hour-long featured guest on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." Commissioner Stump has lectured on energy issues at the Aspen Institute, New Mexico State University, the Institute for Electric Innovation, NARUC, and a host of other venues.
Commissioner Stump has received over a dozen awards in recognition of his efforts to improve Arizonans’ health care and protect Arizona's taxpayers, including awards from the Alzheimer’s Association, the Autism Society of America and the March of Dimes. A former member of the National Press Club, he is the recipient of several Hawaii Newspapers Association Excellence in Journalism awards.
He has a wide range of policy experience, having served as Chairman of the House Health Committee; Vice Chair of the Health and Rules committees; and as a member of Ways & Means, Commerce & Military Affairs, Water and Agriculture, Financial Institutions & Insurance, Education, the Interagency Council on Long-Term Care, and the Interim Committee on Welfare Reform.
Commissioner Stump has also worked as a magazine editor at Biblical Archaeology Review; a Manhattan Institute research associate to former White House speechwriter and Atlantic senior editor, David Frum; a speechwriter for Arizona political candidates and officeholders; and an aide to Fred Barnes and William Kristol. He has contributed opera reviews and political essays to National Review, The Daily Caller, The Wilson Quarterly (published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), and a host of magazines and newspapers.
Commissioner Stump has also served on the board of the Symphony of the West Valley and is a trustee of the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Boys Choir.
In this video, Robert Stump, Executive Director of AEPG, discusses our energy future.