Katie Sieben has served as a Minnesota Public Utility Commissioner since January of 2017. In April, she was appointed to serve as Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. Commissioner Sieben is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where she serves on the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues: Waste Disposal; and the Washington Action Committee. Sieben also serves as the Secretary of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC), and as the Commission’s representative to the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition.
Sieben previously served as a Minnesota legislator, representing a district southeast of the Twin Cities and along the Mississippi River. In her fourteen years in the House and Senate, Sieben championed causes related to the environment, public education and infrastructure. She served as the Assistant Majority Leader and chaired the Election committee.
Commissioner Sieben has taught as a community faculty member and adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University’s Masters in Advocacy and Public Leadership Program. She earned her B.A. from Colorado College, was a Policy Fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She and her husband, Josh Straka have three children.