Dwight Keen is a Commissioner at the Kansas Corporation Commission.
At the Kansas Corporation Commission, the PUF team found a nation-leading trucking safety program, one of two states that regulate utilities and the oil and gas industry through the same agency, a Chair chosen to sit on the Federal-State Task Force on Electric Transmission, and too much to name here. Kansas is grappling with a multitude of issues. The Kansas Commissioners and Staff share their thoughts here.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: How did your background lead you to the Commission?
Commissioner Dwight Keen: My path to the Commission was most circuitous. My prior experience is in business, law, education, and government. In the private sector, after law school, I was an attorney with the National Association of Securities Dealers or the NASD in Washington, D.C. The NASD regulated the over-the-counter securities markets — a role now performed by FINRA.
From the NASD, I served as the Senior Financial Analyst and Counsel to the Director of Corporation Finance for a large money center bank in New York City, a bank that has since been merged into what is now JPMorgan Chase.
Following that, I served as the Kansas Securities Commissioner for six years. Thereafter, I returned to the private sector and practiced corporate and securities law with two prominent Wichita law firms for approximately five years.