Gov. Bev Perdue announced in a news release that she has appointed Allen, a Louisburg Democrat, to the commission, which regulates utilities and the rates they charge. The appointment is effective April 12, according to a news release.
Allen was elected to the House in 2002 and was the mayor of Louisburg from 1985 to 2001. She is chairwoman of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
She has received numerous awards for her public service, including the 2009 Sunshine Award from Democracy North Carolina, and in 2007 the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Award as Legislator of the Year, according to the news release.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and master’s degree from Meredith College.
The commission has seven members who serve eight-year terms. Appointments are made by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the legislature.
Allen's replacement in the House would be selected by a committee of Democrats from her district.
UPDATE: Allen will draw an annual salary of $123,000.
House Speaker Joe Hackney issued a statement about her appointment.
"Rep. Allen has been an outstanding member of the House of Representatives for the past seven years, and was particularly knowledgable about matters concerning the environment, transportation, economic development and local government. We will miss her insight, but wish her well in this new position."