Commissioner Paul Kjellander rejoined the Idaho Public Utilities Commission in April 2011 following his service as administrator of the Office of Energy Resources (OER). Kjellander, who serves as Commission president, was appointed to his current six-year term by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.
Kjellander previously served on the Commission from January 1999 until October 2007. In 2007, Governor Otter appointed Kjellander to head up the newly created OER. During his 3.5 years at OER, Kjellander created an aggressive energy efficiency program funded through the federal stimulus act. Kjellander was also elected to serve as a board member on the National Association of State Energy Officials.
Kjellander, a Republican, was elected to three terms (1994-1999) in the Idaho House of Representatives, where he served as a member of the House State Affairs, Judiciary and Rules, Ways and Means, Local Government and Transportation committees. During his last term in office, Kjellander was elected House Majority Caucus Chairman. His legislative service includes membership on the Legislature’s Information Technology Advisory Council and the House/Senate Joint Committee on Technology. He also served as co-chairman of the Legislative Task Force on the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 and vice chairman of the Council of State Governments-West “Smart States Committee.” His interim legislative committee assignments included the Optional Forms of County Government Committee, Capital Crimes Committee and the Private Property Rights Committee.
Kjellander has also served as director of Boise State University’s College of Applied Technology Distance Learning, program head of broadcast technology, station manager of BSU Radio Network, director of the Special Projects Unit for BSU Radio, and BSU Radio’s director of News and Public Affairs.
Kjellander’s undergraduate degrees from Muskingum College, Ohio, are in communications, psychology and art. He has a master’s degree in telecommunications from Ohio University.
As a member of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, Kjellander has served on the Telecommunications, Consumer Affairs, and Electricity Committees. He also served as Chairman of the Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations. Kjellander is a member of the FCC’s 706 Joint Board and serves as vice chairman of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee. He is currently serving as a NARUC representative to the North American Numbering Council (NANC).
Kjellander is a licensed youth soccer coach and has qualified teams for various state and regional tournaments.
Commissioner Kristine (Sasser) Raper was appointed to the commission effective February 19, 2015, by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. Commissioner Raper’s term expires in January 2021.
Before her appointment, Raper served seven years as a deputy attorney general assigned to the Public Utilities Commission. In her time as an attorney for the PUC, Raper was involved in electric, gas, water and telecommunication cases. She successfully represented the PUC in two cases appealed to the Idaho Supreme Court. She also represented the PUC in Federal District Court against a lawsuit brought by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. That matter resulted in a settlement between the parties.
Prior to her work in the Attorney General’s office, she served for eight years as a law clerk to Commissioner R.D. Maynard of the Idaho Industrial Commission. Raper developed expertise in Idaho workers’ compensation law and unemployment law matters appealed through the state Department of Labor.
Commissioner Raper was born in Delaware and moved to Utah with her family in the early 1980s. She spent the summer between high school graduation and the start of college working in Grand Teton National Park. She moved to Boise in 1990 to attend Boise State University. In 1995, she earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice from BSU and in 2001 received her juris doctor from the University of Idaho.
Commissioner Raper serves on the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and is the incoming secretary-treasurer of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners.
The commissioner and her husband, Mark, share three children.
Commissioner Eric Anderson of Priest Lake was appointed to the commission in December 2015 to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Mack Redford who passed away on June 30, 2015. Commissioner Anderson’s term expires in January 2019.
Anderson, a Republican, served 10 years in the Idaho Legislature from 2005-14. He chaired the House Ways and Means Committee during his final term. He also served on these committees: Environment, Energy and Technology; Resources and Conservation; and State Affairs. He chaired a legislative Interim Subcommittee on Renewable Energy.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and government from Eastern Washington University in 1979.
A general contractor and real estate broker, he also served as director and vice president of Sandpoint-based Northern Lights Inc. He’s also served as a director on the Idaho Consumer Owned Utilities Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Idaho Energy Resources Authority. He is a past member and more recently an advisor to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Council and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s Executive Council.