Mr. John Hanger

John Hanger is the Secretary of Policy and Planning in Governor Tom Wolf’s cabinet. Secretary Hanger also served as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from 2008-2011 for former Governor Edward G. Rendell and as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from 1993-1998. He was the founding President of PennFuture, was special counsel at Eckert Seamans, and is a nationally recognized expert on environment, energy, gas drilling, and green economy issues.
Secretary Hanger has written leading utility and environmental regulatory decisions, enacted major environmental and utility rules, and played a pivotal role in writing and passing major legislation, such as Pennsylvania’s 1996 Electricity Generation Competition and Customer Choice Act, the 2004 Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, the 2005 Growing Greener 2 legislation, the 2007 Net Metering statute, the 2008 Act 129 initiating major electricity conservation programs, the 2008 Act 70 requiring DEP to write a climate change action plan, the 2008 Alternative Fuels Act, the 2010 Recycling Fee extension, and others. Secretary Hanger has testified to the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, as well as many state legislatures. He has been interviewed hundreds of times by media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC Evening News, CBS Evening News, and BBC.
In November 2012, Secretary Hanger announced his candidacy for Governor. He withdrew from the race in March 2014 and endorsed Governor Tom Wolf. Secretary Hanger’s career has been rooted in public service starting with the Energy Project at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where he became the appointed Public Advocate, representing 500,000 customers of the Philadelphia Gas Works and Philadelphia Water Department in rate cases and other proceedings. Mr. Hanger received his B.A. from Duke University in 1979 and his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1984. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.