William P. (Bill) Kenney
Commissioner Bill Kenney was appointed to the Missouri Public Service Commission by Governor Jay Nixon on January 9, 2013. On January 24, 2013, he was confirmed by the Missouri Senate to a six-year term.
Commissioner Kenney was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Southern California with his parents and eight siblings. He received an Associate of Arts Degree from Saddleback Junior College and attended Arizona State University prior to graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Commissioner Kenney was drafted as a quarterback in the National Football League by the Miami Dolphins in 1978. He went on to play professional football for 11 years, 10 with the Kansas City Chiefs. Among his many accomplishments were becoming the National Football League’s fourth quarterback to ever throw for 4,000 yards in a single season, Pro Bowl 1983 and Kansas City Chiefs Most Valuable Player in 1983.
Upon his retirement from football, Commissioner Kenney became a licensed real estate broker. He is president of Bill Kenney & Associates, a real estate brokerage and development company. He is also president of Bill Kenney Homes, a residential construction company.
Commissioner Kenney was elected to the Missouri Senate in 1994 and served the citizens of eastern Jackson County until 2002. In 2001, Commissioner Kenney was selected by Senate members to serve as the Majority Floor leader, the first Republican to hold this office in over 50 years. During a brief stint when neither party had an 18-seat majority, he became the first Republican in history to serve as co-floor leader.
In 1996, Commissioner Kenney was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. From January 2011 until accepting his current position, Commissioner Kenney was Chief of Staff for Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder.
In August of 2013, Commissioner Kenney was appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Gas.
Commissioner Kenney is married to Sandra (Ehrlich) Kenney. They reside in Lee’s Summit and have four adult children.