Danedri Thompson

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Sen. Pat Apple, who represents the southern part of Gardner and Edgerton in the Kansas Legislature, will take a new role in Topeka. Gov. Sam Brownback named Apple to the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on March 24. Members of the KCC provide regulatory oversight of natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation vendors in the state.

Sen. Pat Apple

Sen. Pat Apple

“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.”

Apple will resign from his Senate seat once confirmed to the KCC.  Republican precinct committee men and women in the 37th Senate District will select Apple’s replacement in the Kansas Senate.

Apple, who lives in Louisburg, was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2005.  He began representing part of Gardner and Edgerton following redistricting in 2011 and the 2012 election.

He has served in numerous capacities including Chair, Senate Committee on Utilities since 2009 and vice-chair from 2005-2008; member,  Senate Assessment and Taxation; Senate Commerce Committee; Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee and Vice-chair of Kansas Electric Transmission Authority.

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

Apple will fill the seat of KCC-member Tom Wright whose four-year term expired on March 15, 2015.

Editor’s note:  Reporter Danedri Thompson is a Republican precinct committee woman in the 37th District.