President, Wright Directions
David Wright, 59, is the owner of Wright Directions, LLC, a strategic consulting and communications business.
From March 3, 2004 until he retired from state government on June 1, 2013, David served on the South Carolina Public Service Commission as the legislatively elected Commissioner from South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. In July 2012, he was sworn in as Chairman of the S.C. Public Service Commission. The SCPSC regulates private and investor-owned utilities in the Palmetto State, as well as moving companies, taxicabs and limousines.
In November 2011, in St. Louis, David was elected by his peers around the country to serve as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) for 2011-2012, where he served as a member of NARUC’s Executive Committee and NARUC’s Board of Directors.
David is also a former President of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC).
During his service as a commissioner, David Wright was a member of NARUC’s Electricity Committee, the Washington Action Committee and was a member and past Chairman of NARUC’s Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues and Waste Disposal.
Since December 2006, David has served as National Chairman of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC) until he left the SC Commission, and he continues to serve on the organization’s Executive Committee as an ex officio member and Chairman Emeritus.
Wright also served as a NARUC representative on the Advisory Board of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and as a NARUC representative on the Keystone Energy Board.
A colon cancer survivor, David is active as an advocate for cancer awareness and education and is frequently asked to share his message with groups around the country. David is also a member of the Leadership Council for the Cancer Centers at the University of South Carolina (CCUSC).
David served as both councilman and Mayor of the Town of Irmo, South Carolina. He also served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives for eight years.
In 1996, David received South Carolina’s highest citizen honor, “The Order of the Palmetto”. In 1992, he received the U.S. Jaycees “Outstanding Young American Award” in the field of Community Service for the State of South Carolina. In 2013, David was recognized as one of South Carolina’s “Volunteers of the Year” by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for his many years of service to the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission.
David is an active Rotarian, having served as a club president and as an Assistant District Governor. In his spare time, for the last 41 years, David works regularly as an umpire for Dixie Youth and USSSA baseball, and as a church youth basketball referee.
A 1977 graduate of Clemson University, with a degree in political science, David was also a three-year letterman on the Clemson Tiger Cross-Country Team. He is an active member and Deacon at Riverland Hills Baptist Church near Irmo, S.C. David and his youngest son reside in Seven Oaks area just outside of Columbia, South Carolina. He has four children and two grandchildren.
David was self-employed for more than 25 years prior to his election to the SCPSC, having owned and/or operated a number of retail, commercial and professional services businesses. He has an extensive background in retail, commercial and political advertising, as well as public relations, and has worked as a strategic consultant in all areas. Adding to his broad and varied background, David also has his real estate license and is a licensed auctioneer in South Carolina.