Chairman, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Governor Steve Beshear appointed David L. Armstrong Chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission on June 3, 2008, and reappointed him to a second term on July 8, 2011. His term ends on June 30, 2015.
Prior to joining the PSC, Chairman Armstrong was of counsel to the law firm Greenebaum Doll & McDonald in Louisville.
Chairman Armstrong has had a lengthy career in government, beginning as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 30th Judicial District from 1976 to 1983. He served as mayor of Louisville from 1999 to 2003, Jefferson County Judge-Executive from 1989 to 1999 and Kentucky Attorney General from 1983 to 1988. Chairman Armstrong has also been a prosecutor and juvenile court judge and taught urban planning at the University of Louisville.
Chairman Armstrong is a member of the Louisville and Kentucky bar associations and the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus. He is admitted to the practice of law in Kentucky and before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Over the course of his career, Chairman Armstrong has served in many leadership positions, including as president of the National Council of County Executives, chairman of the Southern Conference of Attorneys General and president of the National District Attorneys of America. He was named Kentucky’s Outstanding Mayor in 2002 and Louisville was twice named a Most Livable City in America during his tenure. The University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law has named him an Outstanding Alumnus and in 2008 he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hanover College.
Chairman Armstrong serves on many boards and civic groups. He is a trustee of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and the University of Kentucky School of Design. He is on the boards of the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, the Kentucky Opera Board, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Frazier History Museum and the Partners for Livable Communities.
Chairman Armstrong is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, is chairman of its international relations committee and serves on its electricity committee, the subcommittee on clean coal and carbon sequestration and the subcommittee on nuclear issues-waste disposal. He is past president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissions.
Chairman Armstrong serves on the Research Advisory Committee of the National Regulatory Research Institute and served on the advisory committee to the Midwest Independent System Operator, a regional transmission organization, and the advisory council for the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University. He was on the planning committee for the 2012 World Forum on Energy Regulation.
Chairman Armstrong attended Hanover College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Murray State University. He received his law degree from the University of Louisville.
Chairman Armstrong and his wife Carol reside in Louisville. They have two grown children and two granddaughters.
Vice Chairman, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Governor Steve Beshear appointed James W. Gardner as vice chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) on June 16, 2008, and reappointed him to a second term on July 24, 2012. His term will expire on July 1, 2016.
Vice Chairman Gardner is on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), member and former Chair of the Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation, Chair of NARUC’s Subcommittee on Education and Research, and Co-Vice Chair of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. He co-chaired the December 2009 NARUC/National Council on Electricity Policy Conference on Utilities of the Future. Gardner also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute, and the Advisory Boards of the Financial Research Institute, the Gas Technology Institute, and the Electric Power Research Institute.
Vice Chairman Gardner was elected to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in 1982 and served until 1986. He was a member of the Fayette County Board of Education from 1993 to 1997, serving as its chairman from 1995 to 1997.
Vice Chairman Gardner graduated from Franklin County High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Georgetown College, graduating summa cum laude. Vice Chairman Gardner holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and Order of the Coif.
He is married to Michelle Milby Gardner and they have one son, Wilson Gardner.
Commissioner, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Governor Steve Beshear appointed Linda K. Breathitt as a member of the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) on May 21, 2012, and reappointed her to a full term on July 2, 2013. Her term expires June 30, 2017.
Prior to joining the PSC, Commissioner Breathitt served as the federal representative to the Southern States Energy Board, a post to which she was appointed by President Barack Obama in August 2010.
Commissioner Breathitt’s lengthy career in the utility and energy field includes a previous term of service with the PSC. She was appointed to the PSC in September 1993 by Governor Brereton Jones, and served through October 1997, holding the post of chairman from December 1995 until her departure.
In November 1997, Commissioner Breathitt began a five-year term as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), having been appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S Senate. After leaving FERC, Commissioner Breathitt served as a senior energy and regulatory adviser with the firm Thelen Reid & Priest LLC in Washington, D.C.
From 1980 through 1993, Commissioner Breathitt was the executive director of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s office in Washington, D.C., where she assisted state officials and agencies with matters involving the federal government.
Commissioner Breathitt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and completed the state and local government executive program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
She is a member of the boards of the Kentucky Commission on Women, Kentucky Heritage Council, Downtown Lexington Corp. and LexArts, and serves of the advisory board of the Martin School of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky and the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville.
Chairman David L. Armstrong
- April 14, 2011 - Dick Armstrong Telecommunications Systems Management Leadership Award, Murray State University
- April 4, 2011 - Edison Electric Institute Transmission, Distribution and Metering Conference, Louisville
- April 28, 2010 - National Energy Marketers Association, Washington, DC
- October 14th, 2009 - Remarks at PSC 75th anniversary celebration (pdf format)
- May 7, 2009 - Eight Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration - Pittsburgh, PA (pdf format)
- April 22, 2009 - Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives – Managers' Meeting (pdf format)
- August 26, 2008 - Addressess Kentucky Rural Water Association (pdf format)