Commissioner Jay Scott Emler


Chairman Jay Scott Emler

Jay Scott Emler was appointed to the KCC by Governor Brownback on January 8, 2014, to fill an unexpired term ending March 2015. He served as Chairman from January 14, 2016, to January 12, 2017. Emler was confirmed for a four year term, which expires on March 15, 2019.

Emler previously served in the Kansas Senate where he was elected Senate Majority Leader. He represented the 35th District in central Kansas for 13 years. Emler also served as Chairman of both Ways and Means and Utilities committees. Prior to the Senate, he was Vice President and General Counsel for Kansas Cellular.

He is the past national Chairman of the Council on State Governments. He also served on Governor Brownback's transition team.

Emler is a graduate of Bethany College, Lindsborg, where he earned a bachelor's degree and teaching certificate. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law. In addition, Emler holds a master's degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Emler and his wife Lorraine live in McPherson County, where they operate a small family farm and belong to Bethany Lutheran Church.