Commissioner Damon J. Baldone proudly represents District 2 on the Public Service Commission. District 2 is comprised of the following Parishes; East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, West Baton Rouge, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, Iberia, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, Livingston, East Feliciana, and West Feliciana.
Damon is a lifelong resident of Houma, Louisiana. He graduated in 1982 from Vandebilt Catholic High School. He then received a B.S. in Biology in 1986 from Nicholls State University. As a graduate student, he taught Biology lab and worked in the genetics lab at Louisiana State University. He taught Mathematics at Nicholls State University before spending one-year teaching sciences at Henry Ford Junior High School. Damon graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1992 from Southern University Law Center, and has practiced law and protected consumer rights for 25 years.
Damon was elected to the House of Representatives in June 2001 and reelected in 2003 and 2007. He was named the 2003 Outstanding Freshman Legislator and Legislator of the Year in 2007 for Coastal Restoration and Hurricane Protection by the Louisiana House of Representatives. As a State Representative Damon was appointed to the Governor’s DWI Task Force. He served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Coastal Restoration and Conservation, one of the 31 members from around the United States, and on the House Commerce Committee. He served as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay. He was on the Ways and Means Committee, the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater Diversion Committee, and served as Vice President of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee.
He has served his community by being involved in the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, the Terrebonne Association for Retarded Citizens (TARC), The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, the Knights of Columbus, the Houma-Thibodaux Apartment Association, St. Joseph’s Italian Society, Restore and Retreat, South Central Industrial Association (SCIA), and is a parishioner of St. Francis church.
He has volunteered with United Way, American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and Relay for Life. Nationally he was involved with the National Council of State Legislatures, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the National Apartment Association.
Damon is currently a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves as Vice President of the, Non-Profit, South Louisiana Wetland’s Discovery Center.
Damon is an avid outdoorsman and a conservative. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, and Coastal Conservation Association. Damon is also a pilot, real estate broker and owner of several other companies in the real estate, oil and gas, and entertainment industries.