John Durkin had established a reputation as a fighter for the "little guy" long before he ran for the Senate. As the State Insurance Commissioner, he regularly butted heads with major insurance companies on behalf of consumers. And that no-nonsense style continued after his election to the Senate. Unlike most first-term Senators who spend their first term learning the ropes and keeping their mouths shut, John Durkin waded right into the fray and as you will hear from two of his staff Edward Tanzman and Harris Miller his colorful approach and fierce loyalty to the little guy continued during his one, and only, term in the United States Senate.
The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA, Pub.L. 95–617, 92 Stat. 3117, enacted November 9, 1978) is an United States Act passed as part of the National Energy Act. It was meant to promote energy conservation (reduce demand) and promote greater use of domestic energy and renewable energy (increase supply). The law was created in response to the 1973 energy crisis, and one year in advance of a second energy crisis.
Born March 29, 1936, in Brookfield, Massachusetts, John Durkin was the youngest of four children, and graduated from St. John's High School in 1954. He later claimed that his parents told him that the highest callings in life were to become a priest or an honest politician, and that he opted for politics. At the age of 18, Durkin held his first elective office - Moderator of the Brookfield Town Meeting. He went on to attend the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, graduating in 1959. Through the U.S Navy ROTC program, he received his commission in the United States Navy as an Ensign. Durkin served in the Navy from 1959 to 1961, attaining the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade).
The Last Great Senate
Once an Obscure Law, PURPA Now Drives Utility-Scale Solar.