FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 31, 2013
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Missouri Senate Gives Unanimous Approval To Public Service Commission Appointment
Steve Stoll Confirmation Ends 13-Month Review for Utility Regulator
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Senate on Jan. 24 gave its unanimous advice and consent to Gov. Jay Nixon’s appointment of Steve Stoll to the Missouri Public Service Commission, bringing a successful close to a 13-month marathon in which two branches of government agreed that Stoll was a good choice for the job.
“I’m pleased that this appointment is finally final,” Stoll said. “I’d like to thank both the Governor and the Missouri Senate for allowing me this opportunity to serve the people of Missouri as a public service commissioner.”
Stoll was originally appointed by Gov. Nixon to serve as one of five public service commissioners in December 2011. Because the appointment was made in the interim between legislative sessions, it fell under a tight 30-day deadline for confirmation when the Senate convened in regular session last January.
Stoll, appointed by Gov. Nixon as a Democrat, was unanimously approved by the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee last January. A second vacancy on the commission, however, resulted in the appointment being delayed when lawmakers expressed their desire that both positions be filled simultaneously.
Stoll’s appointment was withdrawn and resubmitted as an interim appointment after legislative session ended in May, requiring a second appearance before the Senate Gubernatorial Committee in January. Stoll again received unanimous approval from the committee, and was this time joined by fellow former Senate colleague Bill Kenney, who Gov. Nixon had appointed to the PSC weeks earlier. The two were the first appointees heard by the Senate Gubernatorial Committee this session and were in the first group receiving final approval by the full Senate.
“Bill is a great guy – an outstanding floor leader in the Senate and respected NFL quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs,” Stoll said. “I joked with him that it took me 13 months to run the confirmation field and he made it in 13 days.”
Stoll’s appointment is the latest in a long record of public service. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Stoll graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Stoll worked as a classroom teacher for more than 20 years. He was elected to the Crystal City City Council in 1983, where he served until elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1992. After serving three terms in the House, Stoll was elected to the Missouri Senate in 1998, and was re-elected in 2002. After leaving the Senate, Stoll served as city administrator in Festus and director of administration in Jefferson County.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to serve,” Stoll said, “and I sincerely appreciate the appointment by Governor Nixon and the Senate’s consent of my appointment that will allow me to serve on the Missouri Public Service Commission.”
The Public Service Commission is Missouri’s first and oldest state agency. It was established 100 years ago to regulate investor-owned utilities by assuring safe and adequate utility service at just and reasonable rates for consumers.