Gov. Jay Nixon has nominated state Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, to a seat on the Missouri Public Service Commission, which oversees public utilities along with the mobile home, modular unit and recreational vehicle industries.The five-person PSC is among the state’s most powerful agencies, and among the most lucrative for commission members, who each earn close to $100,000 a year.
Rupp’s appointment must be approved by his colleagues on the state Senate, where some members may be concerned about what his departure from the Senate would do to the Republican majority. Without Rupp, Republicans will hold a 23-9 edge, which represents just enough for a GOP override of any Nixon veto.
The Senate already has one vacancy, that of Democrat Ryan McKenna of Jefferson County, named a few months ago by the governor to head his Department of Labor. Rupp currently is a vice president of business development for UMB Bank in O’Fallon.