David A. Wright

David Wright
Chairman Emeritus
Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition

President,
Wright Directions, LLC

David Wright 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 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.

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.

David served as National Chairman of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC) from December 2006 until he left the SC Commission, and he continues to serve on the organization’s Executive Committee as an ex officio member. 

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.

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 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 and his family reside in Columbia, South Carolina. He has four children and two grandchildren.

Prior to his election to the S.C. PSC, David was self-employed for more than 25 years, having owned and/or operated several 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.