Chairman Daniel Yves Hall was appointed to the Missouri Public Service Commission on September 27, 2013 by Governor Jay Nixon, and unanimously confirmed by the Missouri State Senate in January, 2014. He was appointed Chairman by Governor Nixon on August 10, 2015. He is the 101st PSC Commissioner in the 100-year history of the PSC – Missouri’s oldest state agency.
Chairman Hall is an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), serving as Vice Chair of the NARUC Committee on Water, the Washington Action Committee, and the Subcommittee on Education and Research. In addition, he serves on the Organization of MISO States Board of Directors and Executive Committee, is Chair of the Financial Research Institute’s Advisory Board, and is a board member on the Public Council for the Water Research Foundation.
From January of 2009 when Governor Nixon was sworn into office until his appointment to the Commission, Hall served as the Legislative Director to the Governor, overseeing efforts to advance the Nixon Administration’s legislative agenda and serving as lead liaison between the Governor and members of the Missouri General Assembly.
From 2003 to 2009, Hall served as Senior Counsel and Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon. In this position, he litigated in state and federal courts, both trial and appellate, and provided counsel to the Attorney General concerning a wide range of topics including tobacco, sunshine law, education, elections, federal military base closure, and constitutional legislative procedures.
Between 2001 and 2003, Hall served in the Administration of Governor Bob Holden, first as Assistant Commissioner for Policy in the Office of Administration, then as a Senior Policy Adviser to the Governor. In these positions, Hall worked in policy development and legislation in the areas of transportation, natural resources, conservation, labor, agriculture, economic development and the annual state operating budget.
From 1998 to 2001, Hall served as Chief of Staff to Missouri House Speaker Steve Gaw. His responsibilities included coordinating the formulation and passage of the legislative agenda of the Speaker and House majority caucus, supervision of the Speaker’s office staff and liaison with the Chief Clerk regarding House legal and personnel matters.
Prior to his state government service, between 1995 and 1998, Hall worked in private practice as an associate with Bryan Cave, LLP in Kansas City. His litigation practice included labor and employment, class action defense and commercial disputes.
From 1993 to 1995, Hall served as a Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Dean Whipple. In this capacity, Hall conducted research and drafted opinions and orders in a broad range of civil and criminal cases, and provided counsel to the Judge concerning the court’s management of state and local entities under its supervision.
Hall was awarded a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1993. His law school honors include the Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers and Board of Advocates. He was a member of the Law Review, serving as Note and Comment Editor.
In 1988, Hall graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, with a major in history and a minor in political economy.
Hall and his wife, Cindy, have three children – Elly, Kate and Keaton – and make their home in Columbia.