Kenneth W. Anderson, Jr. was appointed by then Governor Rick Perry to fill a vacancy on the Public Utility Commission on September 2, 2008 for a term to expire on September 1, 2011. On September 17, 2011, then Governor Perry reappointed Commissioner Anderson for a six-year term ending August 31, 2017. On May 8, 2013, The Texas Senate voted unanimously to confirm the appointment.
Commissioner Anderson has served as the Texas representative on the Entergy Regional State Committee (ERSC) since its formation in August 2009. He was elected President of the ERSC in August 2010, and was re-elected President of the ERSC in August 2012, to a term that ended in August 2013. In December 2013, his ERSC colleagues elected him to represent them on the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO). Since December 2012, Commissioner Anderson has served as the Texas member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of MISO States (OMS), and in January 2015 was elected Treasurer by the OMS board. He was appointed by the then President of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners to the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute in March of 2012 and he was reappointed on June 25, 2014 to an additional three year term ending August 31, 2017. Commissioner Anderson served as the Commission’s representative on the Texas Reliability Entity's Board of Directors from May 2012 until January 2015 and as the President of the Southeastern Association of Utility Commissioners from June 2014 until June 2015.
Commissioner Anderson is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in private practice in the areas of corporate finance law and regulatory and administrative legal matters. He previously served as Director of Governmental Appointments in the Office of Governor Rick Perry from 2001 to early 2008. Before assuming his position in the Governor's office, he practiced law in Dallas, Texas, with several law firms in the area of corporate and securities law. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Chief Deputy Director of Governmental Appointments in the Office of Governor William P. Clements, Jr.
Commissioner Anderson has been active in civic and governmental affairs. From 1990 until 1994, he served as General Counsel of a major state political party. In 1990, he was appointed by Governor Clements to serve as a member of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards; a position he held until 1995. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Central Texas Health Facilities Development Corporation from 1990 to 1997, having been appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court. During 1993 and 1994, he served as a member of the Rules Advisory Committee of the Texas Ethics Commission, during the overhaul of its rules and regulations. In May 1999, Governor George W. Bush appointed Mr. Anderson to a six-year term as a member of the Texas State Securities Board, the state agency that regulates the securities and investment advisory industry in this state. He served on the Board until December 2006.
Commissioner Anderson is a member of the Business Law and Administrative and Public Law sections of the State Bar of Texas, and a past member of the Securities Law and Corporation Law committees.
Commissioner Anderson received a bachelor's degree in international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife live in University Park, Dallas County, Texas.