First and foremost, Eric is a husband, married to the former Debbie Gibson since 1998, and father to their two children, Elizabeth, 15, and Race, 12. Family is very important to him, and he models for his children the importance of community involvement and commitment. Eric has always been actively involved in his businesses, while practicing his profession as an attorney and mediator. Eric is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans area and a proud Republican for nearly 37 years. The family worships at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Orleans.
Eric was elected to the Louisiana Public Service Commission in 2008 and re-elected in 2014, and has been aggressive in fighting for the needs of the consumer during his tenure. Eric also recognizes that all companies need to make a profit to survive, and is aware of this balance in his decision-making.
Eric has brought forth innovative changes to the Commission, including new taxi regulations and the use of mediation in legal disputes to reduce legal fees and expenses to the consumer. Eric holds a town hall meeting each month in a different parish in his district, listening to the concerns of his constituents and keeping citizens informed about the LPSC’s actions and obligations. He also has regular meetings with local elected officials to keep the lines of communication open.
Eric’s bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and his life experiences in manufacturing, have uniquely positioned him to clearly understand the technical nature of issues that are brought before the Commission. His legal education provides unique insight to the Commission, which regulates transportation. Finally, his experience as a mediator has helped to achieve rapid resolution to problems that come before the Commission. Eric is a fiscal conservative who works to ensure a regulatory balance that enables consumers to pay the lowest rates for utilities while allowing the utility companies to earn a fair profit on their investment.
Eric is a graduate of Brother Martin High School, LSU, Southern University Law School, and Tulane University Law School. Eric holds a Masters in Maritime Law and is a Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He became a Certified Mediator in 1989.
Eric sits on the Electricity Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He also represents Louisiana on the Board of the Organization of MISO States.
Eric has additional governmental experience through his experience as ad hoc Judge for First Parish Court for the Parish of Jefferson. He was honored to serve as a Commissioner for the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission and worked on the staff of former Governor Dave Treen. He is a publicly elected member of the Jefferson Parish Republican Party Executive Committee as well as the Republican State Central Committee.
Volunteerism and community service are an important part of Eric’s life. He is active in our community and serves numerous community organizations.
Eric represents District 1 on the Public Service Commission which includes all or a portion of Ascension, Jefferson, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes.
In 2013 and 2014, Skrmetta was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission and he currently serves as Chairman.