PORTLAND - Mike Thorne, longtime Umatilla County resident and landowner, has been appointed to the board of the new mutual utility being created from Portland General Electric.

Thorne, co-owner of M&T Thorne, a farm operation north of Pendleton, was chief executive officer of the Washington State Ferry System from 2002 to 2004, ans also served as executive director of the Port of Portland from 1991 to 2001. He served as a senator in the Oregon Legislature from 1972 to 1991.

He has been appointed to the board of Oregon Mutual Utility Development Inc., a company facilitating the purchase of PGE by its 765,000 customers and the conversion of the utility to mutual ownership. He will join Fred Buckman, Mike Rippet and Kay Stepp as board members when PGE becomes a mutual utility.

"Rippet, Stepp and Thorne bring exceptional experience in the utility industry, business and public service to this assignment," said Buckman. "Each is a long-time Oregonian, and each has demonstrated leadership serving as directors of other publicly-owned and not-for-profit organizations."

Thorne added, "The time is right to move forward with a creative ownership structure that is good for PGE, its customers, employees, and keeps an Oregon company in the State of Oregon."

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