About Consumer Advocate Mark Schuling
Mark R. Schuling was appointed Consumer Advocate for the State of Iowa in January 2011 by Attorney General Tom Miller. The Office of Consumer Advocate is a division of the Iowa Department of Justice.
Mr. Schuling oversees a staff of attorneys and technical specialists, as well as support personnel. The office is responsible for the investigation of the legality of rates and practices of all utility companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Iowa Utilities Board, and to represent consumers and the public generally before state and federal agencies concerning those matters.
Mr. Schuling received his law degree from Drake University in 1980. Following graduation he was appointed an Assistant Attorney General and served for four years as the legal representative to the Iowa Department of Revenue. Mr. Schuling was a practicing attorney for twenty-one years with the Brick, Gentry, Bowers, Swartz, Stoltze, Schuling & Levis law firm in Des Moines before being appointed as Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue in 2005. He served as Director under Governors Vilsack and Culver before being appointed by Attorney General Miller as Consumer Advocate. Mr. Schuling has experience and expertise in federal and state law, utility and telecommunications matters, and general civil law.
Mr. Schuling is also a Certified Public Accountant, a past president of the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA), and has spoken to numerous groups and associations on tax, utility and business matters. He is a member of several energy related groups including serving as Vice President of the National Association of State Consumer Advocates, an Advisory Board Member to the Financial Research Institute located at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, an Advisory Council Member to the Center for Public Utilities, located in New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and as Advisory Committee Member to the Critical Consumer Issues Forum. Additionally, he is a Board Member to the Iowa State Bar Association Foundation.