Monday, December 22, 2014

Apple appointment OK’d by senators

By The Herald Staff | 4/2/2014

TOPEKA — Longtime legislator Pat Apple has cleared a hurdle toward his post-Senate career.

The appointment of the Republican legislator, who represented a portion of Franklin County residents before redistricting in 2012, to the Kansas Corporation Committee has been approved by the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee. Apple was tapped for the position March 24 by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Apple was to resign from his state senate post, with which he most recently represented parts of Johnson and Miami County, to take the commission seat.

“It is humbling and an honor to be appointed by Gov. Brownback to this place in the state government that touches every Kansan,” Apple said, according to media reports.

Apple was elected to the state Senate in 2005 and represented most of Franklin County before the district lines were redrawn in 2012.

More recently, he represented 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.

The Kansas Corporation Committee regulates rates and services of natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation vendors in Kansas.

Apple is a longtime small business owner, running Apple Electric in Louisburg.

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