Commissioner Scott T. Rupp was appointed to the Missouri Public Service Commission by Gov. Jay Nixon on March 25, 2014. He was confirmed by the Missouri Senate on April 3, 2014.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Rupp represented the western portion of St. Charles County in the Missouri Senate. He was elected to the Senate in a special election in April 2006, and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Previously, he was twice elected to represent the citizens of northwest St. Charles County in the Missouri House of Representatives and received more than 65 percent of the vote in 2002 and 2004.
Commissioner Rupp was born in Peoria, IL, the youngest of five children. His parents, Chester and Eleanor Rupp, moved the family to St. Charles when he was 10 years old. He attended and graduated with honors from Duchesne High School in 1991. Commissioner Rupp attended University of Missouri at Columbia and upon graduating in 1995, he started a small business.
Commissioner Rupp and his brother, Gregory Rupp, founded a college preparatory company, Educational Funding & Financial Aid Specialists, in which they assisted parents of high school students in preparing their children for college. Commissioner Rupp was also a registered investment representative and he founded the investment firm Rupp & Associates. A few years later he saw a need to help parents struggling to pay for the rising college tuition bills, so he founded the Educational Financing Company, which specialized in loans for parents of college-bound students. Upon his election to the Missouri Senate in 2006, he sold all of his businesses.
Early in his Senate career, Commissioner Rupp made a positive impact in Missouri Government. Highly respected for his openness to listen and work for common sense solutions to problems, then-Sen. Rupp took the lead on several important issues facing the state. In 2007, he advanced legislation to modernize Missouri's insurance laws, including measures to protect Missourians from the illegal activities of several title insurance companies that were leaving homeowners with thousands of dollars in debt.
While serving in the Senate, Commissioner Rupp emerged as a true champion for families with special needs children and his leading efforts as Chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism resulted in the creation of the first Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Missouri Office of Autism. Rupp sponsored and passed the nation leading legislation to provide insurance coverage for treatments and therapies for individuals with Autism in Missouri.
In 2008, Commissioner Rupp gained national attention for his successful efforts to reform Missouri's outdated harassment and stalking laws, and for his leading role in the enactment of one of the toughest illegal immigration laws in the nation.
On a personal level, Commissioner Rupp enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Carissa, his two children, Noelle and Scottie Jr., and three step children, Hayley, Emily & Christian.
Commissioner Rupp also volunteers his time on many local civic causes and is a board member of many organizations including the Foundation Board for Emmaus.
Commissioner Rupp is a member of the NARUC Telecommunications Standing Committee, as well as the NARUC committees on International Relations, Critical Infrastructure and the Washington Action Committee.