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Apple appointed to state commission, set to resign elected Senate seat

By The Herald Staff | 3/24/2014

An elected official who previously represented Franklin County residents in the state Senate has been tapped to join the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday the appointment of state Sen. Pat Apple, R-Louisburg, to the commission. Apple is to resign from his seat in the state Senate once the appointment is confirmed by the group. The three-member Kansas Corporation Commission is responsible for ensuring that natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation vendors provide safe, adequate and reliable services at reasonable rates.

An elected official who previously represented Franklin County residents in the state Senate has been tapped to join the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday the appointment of state Sen. Pat Apple, R-Louisburg, to the commission. Apple is to resign from his seat in the state Senate once the appointment is confirmed by the group. The three-member Kansas Corporation Commission is responsible for ensuring that natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation vendors provide safe, adequate and reliable services at reasonable rates.

“Pat Apple brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and will serve the KCC well,” Brownback said. “I appreciate his willingness to continue his service to our state as a Commissioner on the KCC.”

Apple was elected to the state Senate in 2005 and represented most of Franklin County before the district lines were redrawn in 2012. He now represents District 37, which includes a portion of Miami County and southern Johnson County. He also has served as chair of the Senate Committee on Utilities since 2009 and vice-chair from 2005-2008 of Senate Assessment and Taxation, Senate Commerce Committee, Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee and vice-chair of Kansas Electric Transmission Authority.

“I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the KCC by Governor Brownback,” Apple said. “While I will miss serving the people of the 37th District in the Kansas Senate, I look forward to continue serving the people of Kansas at the KCC.”

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