SAN DIEGO, March 19, 2008 – Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced that Lynn Schenk has joined the company’s board of directors.
Schenk, currently an attorney in private practice, has broad experience in public service as a former U.S. congresswoman, California’s secretary of business, transportation and housing, and chief of staff to former Calif. Gov. Gray Davis.
“We are pleased to add Lynn Schenk to our board of directors,” said Donald E. Felsinger, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. “Ms. Schenk has a long and distinguished history of public service to California and the nation, is well-versed in energy policy and has extensive experience as a practicing attorney.”
Schenk, 63, has been an attorney for more than 35 years. During her career, she also has spent considerable time in public service. She was chief of staff to former Calif. Gov. Gray Davis from 1999 to 2003. From 1993 to 1995, Schenk served in the U.S. Congress as a representative from California’s 49th District. From 1980 to 1983, Schenk served as Calif. secretary of business, transportation and housing under former Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, after which she spent 10 years in private legal practice.
Earlier in her career, Schenk served as a White House fellow to Vice Presidents Nelson Rockefeller and Walter Mondale and as a deputy attorney general in the California state attorney general’s office. From 1972 to 1978, Schenk also worked as an attorney for Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric unit.
Schenk holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and a juris doctor degree from the University of San Diego. She did post-graduate work in international law at the London School of Economics. Schenk currently serves on the boards of directors of Biogen Idec, The Scripps Research Institute, California High Speed Rail Authority and the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.
Sempra Energy now has a total of 12 board members. Schenk has been appointed to serve on the company’s audit and environment and technology committees. She will stand for re-election to the board at Sempra Energy’s 2008 annual meeting of shareholders in May.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2007 revenues of more than $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 14,000 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.