MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — After 25 years of public service, La Crosse resident and current Public Service Commissioner Mike Huebsch announced his retirement effective February 3. Huebsch began state service in 1995 representing western Wisconsin’s 94th Assembly District for sixteen years as a Republican in the state Legislature. He served two terms on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, including one as vice-chair. In the following years, he was elected by his colleagues to serve first as Assembly Majority Leader and then as Assembly Speaker. Huebsch was last appointed to the PSC for a six-year term by Governor Scott Walker in 2015. In a press release, Monday Huebsch thanked the people of the state of Wisconsin for allowing him to serve saying that he had been “truly blessed for the opportunities and trust afforded to me”. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is composed of three full-time Commissioners who decide the cases brought to the PSC for changes in utility operations, rates and for construction projects after a complete and thorough review of all the records compiled in the case, including public comments. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate for staggered, six-year terms.