Commissioner Andrew J. French
Andrew French was appointed to the KCC on June 12, 2020 by Governor Laura Kelly and approved by the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee on June 24, 2020. He served as Chairperson from January 14, 2021 to January 13, 2022. His term expires March 15, 2024.
Before his appointment to the KCC, French practiced law with the firm of Smithyman & Zakoura, Chartered, in Overland Park, Kansas. His law practice focused on energy policy and the regulation of utility rates and services. French represented a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including large industrial energy customers, local school districts, and a natural gas utility company. He also advised a diverse clientele in general corporate, business, and civil litigation matters.
Prior to his time in private practice, French worked in Kansas government. He began his legal career as a research attorney with the Kansas Court of Appeals before accepting a staff position with the KCC. During his tenure at the KCC from 2012 to 2017, French held a number of positions within the agency, including Senior Litigation Counsel representing the KCC Staff in litigated administrative proceedings. He also advised the Commission on legal, electric reliability, and cost-recovery issues associated with actions of the Southwest Power Pool, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
French has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
A lifelong Kansan, French is originally from Reno County, where he grew up working on his family's farm. French and his wife, Niki, currently live in Lenexa, Kansas.