Donald Mason | Kent State University

Donald Mason

  • Donald Mason

    Donald Mason
    Term: May 2017 – May 2020

  • Mason serves as a private attorney specializing in natural gas regulatory reform to promote consumer benefits. He also works on infrastructure projects such as pipeline development and small-scale hydropower. Mason long has been committed to public service. He currently represents Gov. Kasich on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and has served two terms as a Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Additionally, Mason’s prior governmental service has included the Ohio Department of Natural Resources where he served as chief of the Division of Oil and Gas and was on the Board as an officer of the Groundwater Protection Council. He also supervised the Divisions of Parks, Forestry, Watercraft, Natural Area Preserves, and Wildlife. Those agencies totaled over 2,000 employees and $100 million in annual budgets. Mason also has served on the National Petroleum Council, and was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners where he served as chairman of the Gas Committee and member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, he was a government representative and chairman on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Committee. Mason also served as chairman of the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee and chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Gas Committee. Mason graduated with a degree in political science from Muskingum College where he was an NCAA All- American wrestler and later earned his law degree cum laude from Capital University. In 1983, at the age of 26, Mason was elected mayor of the city of Zanesville. He currently is the president of the Rotary Club of Zanesville, and past president of the Muskingum Country Library System. He is also a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, and a lifetime member of the NAACP and Knights of Columbus. He is also an Ohio high school wrestling official.