Protecting Utility Customers
Office of Consumer Advocate (Utilities)
Mark R. Schuling
Iowa Consumer Advocate
Office of the Iowa Consumer Advocate
1375 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0063
(515) 725-7203 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark R. Schuling was appointed Consumer Advocate for the state of Iowa in January 2011 by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. The office of Consumer Advocate is a division of the Iowa Department of Justice. He oversees a staff of seven attorneys and ten 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 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 also a member of several energy related groups.