Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It's impossible to thank each of you for the trust you've placed in me as your State Senator. I look forward to this opportunity to continue my service to the people of Kansas.
Emler Sworn in as Commissioner
January 17, 2014
"I am truly honored to serve on the Commission," stated Emler. "I greatly appreciate the work the Kansas Corporation Commission does for the citizens of Kansas in protecting the public interest. I look forward to the opportunities this new role presents."
Prior to the KCC, Emler served in the Kansas Senate where he represented the 35th District in central Kansas for 13 years. While in the Senate, he served as Chairman of both Ways and Means and the Utilities Committee. Emler has previously held a senior position as Vice President and General Counsel for Kansas Cellular. He has had a law practice in McPherson.
"Senator Emler is a welcomed addition to the Commission," stated Chair Shari Feist Albrecht. "His work on the Senate Utilities Committee and understanding of the many complex issues that come before the Commission is invaluable."
Emler is a graduate of Bethany College, Lindsborg, where he earned a bachelor's degree and teaching certificate. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law. Emler also received a master's degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California.
Emler and his wife Lorraine live in McPherson County where they operate a small family farm.
Emler joins Commissioners Albrecht and Wright on the three-member Commission. Members are appointed by the Governor and serve staggered four-year terms. State law provides that no more than two of the three Commissioners may belong to the same political party.
The KCC regulates five industries in the Kansas economy and has the responsibility of ensuring that natural gas, electricity, telephone, and transportation vendors provide safe, adequate, and reliable services at reasonable rates. The mission of the agency is to protect the public interest through impartial and efficient resolution of all jurisdictional issues. The agency regulates rates, service, and safety of public utilities, common carriers, motor carriers; regulates oil and gas production by protecting correlative rights, environmental resources, and energy storage; and promotes energy-related programs.
How did this happen
On Monday, December 9, 2012, Mark Sievers, a member of the three-person Kansas Corporation Commission, announced his resignation.
Governor Brownback considered qualified individuals to join this important commission.
The nomination of Jay Emler was announced January 8th, just prior to the start of the 2014 Legislative session. One of the first pieces of business considered by the Kansas Senate, which has the responsibility for confirming all appointments, was this KCC vacancy. After a hearing, Mr. Emler's nomination was forwarded to the entire State Senate where it passed without objection. He was sworn in on Friday, January 17th and will take office on Tuesday, January 21st, following the statewide Martin Luther King Day recognition.
Commissioner Emler's term will expire on March 15, 2015, at which time he may be appointed to a full four-year term.