Kristine Raper

Kristine (Sasser) Raper, a veteran attorney at the Public Utilities Commission, has assumed her role as the third member of the PUC, replacing Marsha Smith, who retired after four terms as commissioner and 35 years in state government.

According to a PUC news release, Raper, 43, served seven years as a state deputy attorney general assigned as legal counsel to the PUC. Before that, she served eight years as a law clerk to Commissioner R.D. Maynard of the Idaho Industrial Commission. Raper joins fellow commissioners Paul Kjellander and Mack Redford.

Commissioners serve six-year terms and are appointed by the governor.