TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Jay Emler has officially joined the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). The former State Senator was sworn in as its third commissioner on Friday.
“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.”
He was appointed to the position earlier this month and was confirmed by the senate about a week later. His term is set to expire on March 15, 2015.
The KCC describes its role as regulating five state industries to ensure that natural gas, electricity, telephone, and transportation vendors porvide safe, reliable service at reasonable rates.
“Senator Emler is a welcomed addition to the Commission,” stated Chair Shari Albrecht. “His work on the Senate Utilities Committee and understanding of the many complex issues that come before the Commission is invaluable.”
Commissioner Thomas Wright rounds out the KCC.
As a state senator, Emler represented the 35th District for 13 years, serving as chair of both the Ways and Means and Utilities Committees.