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John E. "Butch" Howard


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Photo by: Vicki Lovett


First District: Charleston, Berkeley, Beaufort, Dorchester, Colleton

Administrative Coordinator:  Nina Gates, 803-896-5259

Spouse: Pat

Assumed Commissionership  March 4, 2004
Current Term ends  June 30, 2016
Elected Vice Chairman July 2008
Elected Chairman July 2010

Member, National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC)

  • Co-Vice Chairman NARUC Committee on Water 2006-2009
  • Chairman NARUC Committee on Water Dec 2010-2012
  • Vice Chairman NARUC Subcommittee on Education and Research, 2015

Member, SouthEastern Association of Regulatory Commissioners (SEARUC)

Member, Water Research Foundation, Public Council on Drinking Water Research

Member, New Mexico State Center for Public Utilities, Advisory Council

Member, Department of Homeland Security, Water Sector Government Coordinating Council


Berkeley High School – Graduate

University of South Carolina- BS Business Administration

Regulatory Schools:

  • Regulatory Studies Program - 2004
  • NARUC Utility Rate School - 2005
  • Institute of Regulatory Law and Economics - 2005
  • National Judicial College - 2006
  • Merging Issues - 2007


US Army  1963-1966- While stationed in Germany, served on the Board of Frankfort Area American Youth Activities. Honorable Discharge with Letter of Commendations.


Boy Scouts of America – Former VP of Programs, Southeastern Regional Camp Inspector,  Recipient of the Silver Beaver Award

Girl Scouts of America- Former Board Member

Palmetto Touchdown Club- Former President and Program Chairman

Kiwanis Club of Charleston- Past President

Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce- Former Chairman of Membership Committee

Charleston Advertising Federation- Former Board Member

Blessed Sacrament School Board- Former President

St.  Joseph Parish Council- Former Member

St. Joseph’s Mens Club- Former President

South Carolina Trucking Association- Former Member

South Carolina Trucking Association Safety Council- Former Member

Greater Charleston Printer’s Association- Former Member