Kansas senator named to utility commission

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas state senator has been appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Corporation Commission, effective immediately.

Sen. Pat Apple, a Louisburg Republican, was named to the commission Monday. He replaces Tom Wright, a Topeka Democrat whose four-year term expired March 15. Apple will resign his legislative seat if his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.

Apple has been in the Senate since 2005. He is chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee and a member of the Senate committees on taxation, confirmation oversight and commerce.

The KCC regulates natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation operations in Kansas, including setting rates charged by utilities.

Earlier this year, Brownback named former Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, to the commission.

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