David W. Sweet
David W. Sweet serves as Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). Vice Chariman Sweet was nominated to serve on the Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf on May 4, 2016, and was subsequently confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 15, 2016. Sweet was elected by his fellow Commissioners to the position of Vice Chairman on Dec. 19, 2018. His term expires April 1, 2021.
Prior to serving at the Commission, David served as the Senior Advisor to Gov. Wolf, focusing on energy and economic development issues. Among his many assignments was serving as liaison to the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and in this role helped shape and implement the Governor’s economic growth strategy for the Philadelphia region. Sweet also served as the Governor’s designee on the Banking and Securities Commission.
David is a former partner at two major Pennsylvania law firms. His focus was on administrative and regulatory matters, legislative advocacy and public finance. David has represented clients before state and local agencies, boards and commissions, and in matters before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Executive Branch. His clients included large businesses, emerging new companies, and major universities.
David served as campaign manager for Ed Rendell’s successful run for Pennsylvania governor in 2002 and subsequently as Executive Director of Rendell’s transition team.
In public and project finance, David has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and special counsel in financings totaling over $3 billion. These projects are located in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and in counties throughout the state, including Bedford, Montgomery, Dauphin, Washington, Huntington, Northumberland, Butler, Greene, and Berks, as well as in New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.
David has also served as bond counsel or special counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA), the Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA) and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. His investment banking clients included institutions in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York.
David was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (D., Washington County) from 1977 to 1988. He was chairman of the House Local Government Committee for the 1987- 1988 Legislative Session, and through his efforts, major legislation on local tax reform, distressed municipalities and Pennsylvania’s land use and zoning regulations were enacted. After leaving the legislature, David chaired Pennsylvania Gov. Casey’s Commission on Corrections Planning and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s State Government Committee. He also received the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s “Friend of County Government Commendation,” which is the highest award the association gives to a non-member. He also has received awards from the Pennsylvania League of Cities, the Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Economic Development Association and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission.
David served until recently on the boards of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. He was on the Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania from 1994 to 2007.
He earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, a M.A. from University of Chicago in 1971, and a J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University — Dickinson School of Law in 1981.