Bill Kenney of Lee’s Summit has been appointed as a commissioner on the Missouri Public Service Commission.
The former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will now be helping shape his state’s energy future.
Kenney was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in January and was the first gubernatorial appointee to appear before the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee this legislative session. He received a unanimous recommendation of approval from the committee and confirmation of the full Senate for a six-year term on the commission.
“I’m truly grateful to have the opportunity to serve Missouri as a member of the Public Service Commission,” Kenney said. “I would like to thank Governor Nixon for his appointment and my colleagues in the Senate for their confirmation allowing me to serve in this capacity.”
The Missouri Public Service Commission is Missouri’s first and oldest state agency. It was established by the General Assembly in 1913 to ensure safe and adequate utility service at just and reasonable rates.
Kenney served in the Senate, elected in 1994 and re-elected in 1998. In 2001, Kenney was elected by his caucus to serve as the first Republican majority floor leader in the Missouri Senate in more than 50 years.
Prior to becoming floor leader -- the Senate’s second-highest officer -- Kenney briefly served as the only Republican in Missouri history to be named co-floor leader during a brief period in which neither party in the Senate had an 18-vote majority.
Prior to his appointment to the Commission, Kenney served as the chief-of-staff for Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
A native of California, Kenney graduated from San Clemente High School, holds an Associate of Arts degree from Saddleback College, attended Arizona State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado.
Outside of his athletic and public service endeavors, Kenney works as a businessman and real-estate developer. He and his wife, Sandi, own Bill Kenney Homes, Inc.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve Missouri as a member of the Missouri Public Service Commission,” Kenney said. “I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in regulating the utilities that serve our state.”