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Robert M. Clayton III

Missouri Public Service Commission
Jefferson City, MO, USA

Chairman Robert M. Clayton III was appointed to the Public Service Commission, receiving Senate confirmation on May 8, 2003. He was appointed chairman by Gov. Jay Nixon on January 13, 2009.

Prior to his appointment to the PSC, Chairman Clayton was an attorney in private law practice in Hannibal as a partner in the general practice firm, Clayton & Curl L.L.C. Commissioner Clayton served as state representative in the Missouri General Assembly from 1995 through 2002.

As a state legislator, he chaired the House Ethics Committee and the Joint Committee on Legislative Research and was Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Criminal Law.  He also served on additional House committees including, Appropriations-Transportation, Agriculture and the Judiciary.  While in the General Assembly, Clayton served on the Executive Committees of the Council of State Governments and the Southern Legislative Conference.

Chairman Clayton is an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He is a former Chairman of the Committee on International Relations, which included serving as the NARUC representative appointed to attend the Presidium of the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) of Eastern and Central Europe.  He has worked with several member nations of the African Forum for Utility Regulation (AFUR) including the nations of Rwanda and Uganda.  He has also offered presentations on energy regulation in Azerbaijan, Hungary and before the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators.

Chairman Clayton was also appointed to chair the Program Advisory Committee for the World Forum on Energy Regulation III, held in October 2006, in Washington, DC. The third triennial conference of its kind (the prior events were held in Montreal, Canada, and Rome, Italy), the World Forum hosted energy regulators, investors and stakeholders from 84 countries. As Chair of the Program Advisory Committee, Clayton's committee developed the comprehensive program agenda by coordinating topics of interest for all regulators, regardless of the maturity level of a nation's economy. The program highlighted 125 speakers with 28 different sessions of energy regulatory topics.

Chairman Clayton also serves as a general member of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee and chairs that committee's working group on Privacy. Clayton served as chairman of the Missouri Universal Service Board; he serves as a member of the Joint Federal-State Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services; and he is a state commission member of the North American Numbering Council. He is also a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Additionally, Chairman Clayton serves on the EPRI Smart Grid/Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and the State Energy Efficiency Action Network facilitated by U.S. D.O.E. In Missouri, he serves on the Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Council, he chairs the Missouri Energy Task Force, and he is a member of the Missouri Oil and Gas Council and the Financial Research Institute Advisory Committee.

Chairman Clayton also serves as a member of the Washington Action Program as well as the NARUC Subcommittee on Education and Research.  He also serves as a member of the NARUC/FERC Smart Grid Collaborative.

Chairman Clayton received the UMKC Law Foundation Decade Award for Achievement in his first ten years of work following law school. He is also a past recipient of the President's Award from the Missouri Bar Association and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Clayton also serves as a board member for the Mark Twain Home Foundation.

Chairman Clayton received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Southern Methodist University in 1991 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1994.

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