The health and safety of the public and our workers is a priority for the Commonwealth and this agency.  Commonwealth and Capitol Complex offices are operating with limited, remote staffing for the foreseeable future.  If you need to reach us during this time, please email or leave a message at 717-783-5417.

Our next public meeting will be held on June 18th. In accordance with Commonwealth and Center for Disease Control recommendations on meetings and gatherings, attendance will be limited to 25 people including IRRC staff and agency attendees.  Masks or face coverings will be required and we strongly encourage anyone interested in providing comments on agenda items to do so in writing rather than attending in person.

Please monitor our website for updates.

Commission Members and Staff


George D. Bedwick

Title: Chairman
Residence: Harrisburg, PA
Education: King’s College (BA), Dickinson Law School (JD)
Appointed: January 2018 by the Honorable Frank Dermody, House Democratic Leader
Biography: George D. Bedwick retired from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2007 serving in positions that included Legislative Director for the Majority Leader and Legislative Counsel to the Minority and Majority Whip. He is also a former board member of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.


John F. Mizner, Esq.

Title: Vice Chairman
Residence: Erie, PA
Education: St. Vincent College (BA), University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD)
Appointed: January 2018 by the Honorable Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Biography: John Mizner is an Attorney in Erie, PA.

John J. Soroko, Esq.

Title: Commissioner
Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Education: Haverford College (BA), New York University of Law (JD)
Appointed: February 2020 by the Honorable Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House
Biography: John J. Soroko is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Duane Morris law firm, following 40 years of experience and leadership with the firm. He serves as Co-Chair of the Federal Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was formerly President Judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline and a Director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. He is admitted as a foreign lawyer in Singapore and serves as a board member of many charitable, educational, legal, and business organizations.


Murray Ufberg, Esq.

Title: Commissioner
Residence: Upper Gwynedd, PA
Education: Bucknell University (BA), Duquesne University (JD)
Appointed: March 2015 by the Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor. February 2003 through March 2006 as an appointee of Governor Edward G. Rendell.
Biography: Murray Ufberg is a partner of Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP, where he served as Managing Partner for over 22 years. He is a past member of the Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and of the Board of Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. He has served on the Boards of numerous charitable, religious and civic organizations, including The Commonwealth Medical College, Misericordia University and WVIA TV/FM/HDTV.


Dennis A. Watson, Esq.

Title: Commissioner
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: University of Pennsylvania (BA), University of Pittsburgh (JD)
Appointed: January 2017 by the Honorable Jay Costa, Senate Democratic Leader
Biography: Dennis A. Watson currently serves as Principal of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote PC. He is a proctor in the Maritime Law Association and a member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. He also serves as a trustee of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Chairman of the Borough of West View Zoning Hearing Board and Chairman of the Municipal Authority of the Borough of West View. He is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.

Members & Staff
Name Title Email Address Phone
David Sumner Executive Director Click to show email 717-783-5506
Leslie Lewis Johnson, Esq. Chief Counsel Click to show email 717-783-5417
Fiona E. Cormack Director of Regulatory Review Click to show email 717-783-5438
Cheryl A. Yohn Director of Administration/Comptroller Click to show email 717-772-3455
Kathy A. Cooper Administrative Assistant Click to show email 717-783-5417
Corinne Brandt Regulatory Analyst Click to show email 717-783-6834
Laura Campbell Regulatory Analyst Click to show email 717-783-5475
Michelle L. Elliott Regulatory Analyst Click to show email 717-787-8491
Scott R. Schalles Regulatory Analyst Click to show email 717-214-8955
Stephen F. Hoffman Research Technician Click to show email 717-783-6772