Gov. Chips Away At State Senate Majority -Appoints Sen. Borders to PSC

FRANKFORT, Ky.—Gov. Steve Beshear announced today the appointment of State Senator Charlie Borders as a commissioner of the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC). As one of three commissioners, Sen. Borders will join Chairman David Armstrong and Vice-Chairman James Gardener in rendering decisions on the rates and services of utilities serving nearly every Kentucky resident.

Sen. Borders is resigning his seat a Senator for the 18th Senate District, effective immediately. He begins his tenure on the PSC this week.

“Sen. Borders’ long history of leadership and deep commitment to public service are unmatched,” said Gov. Beshear. “I welcome his knowledge and experience to one of Kentucky’s largest and most wide-reaching commissions.”

Representing the 18th Senate District since his election in 1990, Sen. Borders currently serves as Chairman of the important Appropriations and Revenue Committee, which plays an integral role in state budgetary matters.

He has served on numerous additional committees during his 19-year career, including Education, Health & Welfare, Transportation, Energy and Program Review. As a former member of the Council on Post Secondary Education and Workforce Investment Board, Sen. Borders proved to be a dedicated advocate for implementing best practices and forward-thinking initiatives.

Currently employed as Executive Director of King’s Daughters Health Foundation and Director of Administrative Services for King’s Daughters Medical Center, Sen. Borders received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration and MBA from Morehead State University. A 22-year employee of Ashland, Inc., Sen. Borders also is an unwavering community leader, having served as President of Russell Rotary Club and as an active member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serving the people of Kentucky as a commissioner of the PSC,” said Sen. Borders. “I look forward to bringing my skills and familiarity in business, administration and beyond to the commission as we work together to ensure the proper regulation of important rates and services.”

“I am pleased that Sen. Borders has accepted this challenging new role and welcome him to the PSC,” Chairman Armstrong said. “His extensive experience in government and the private sector will be invaluable as we address the many complex issues before us.”

Armstrong also thanked outgoing Commissioner John Clay for his years of service.

“Commissioner Clay’s wise counsel was extremely helpful to Vice Chairman Gardner and myself when we joined the PSC,” Armstrong said. “It has been a pleasure to serve with him.”

The Kentucky Public Service Commission is a three-member administrative body with quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial duties and powers regulating more than 1,500 utilities. The commission’s primary responsibility is to foster the provision of safe and reliable service at a reasonable price while providing for the financial stability of utilities by setting fair and just rates and supporting their operational competence by overseeing regulated activities.

Currently, the Commission regulates the intrastate rates and services of investor-owned electric, natural gas, telephone, water and sewage utilities, customer-owned electric and telephone cooperatives, water districts and associations, and certain aspects of gas pipelines. For more information about the PSC, visit:


FRANKFORT, Ky.—Gov. Steve Beshear today set the date for a special election to fill a vacant seat in Senate District 18.

The vacancy is the result of the resignation of Sen. Charlie Borders, whom Gov. Beshear named a commissioner for the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC). Borders resignation is immediate. His appointment to the PSC is effective this week.

The special election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009 for the district that encompasses Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason and Robertson counties. KRS 118.730 dictates that governor must issue the writ for a special election for a member of the General Assembly, if the vacancy occurs when the legislature is not in session.

In accordance with KRS 118.760, nominations to fill vacancies at special elections are made pursuant to the governing authority of the party in the territory which the election is to be held. Petitions and certificates of nomination may be filed 28 days before the day of election, and if filed with the Secretary of State, shall be immediately certified by the Secretary of State to the proper county clerks per KRS 118.770.

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