Paul Suskie

Chairman

Arkansas Public Service Commission

North Little Rock


Paul Suskie

Paul Suskie hoped to be the state’s Attorney General this year, and his narrow runoff defeat by fellow Forty Under Forty honoree Dustin McDaniel for the Democratic nomination in 2006 hasn’t discouraged his further political ambitions.

“When you get as close as I did, you certainly don’t rule it out,” Suskie said. “I lost by less than one vote per precinct.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Mike Beebe chose Suskie, who had been city attorney in North Little Rock since 2000, to chair the Public Service Commission. And Suskie has thrown himself into the new role with a mission.

“I hope to put a big emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation,” he said, calling conservation “almost like a fifth source of electric energy” to complement nuclear, coal, gas and renewable sources.

Suskie said his principal at Catholic High School in Little Rock, the late Monsignor George Tribou, inspired his interest in public service. And his deployment as a major in the Arkansas Army National Guard pushed him toward politics.

“Believe it or not, after serving a tour in Afghanistan, it made me realize even more that we need good people to run for public office,” he said.

Suskie is a past president of the North Little Rock Police Athletic League and the North Little Rock Lions Club.