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Sanders Picks Doyle Webb to Lead PSC

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Doyle Webb, the former state senator and chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, will be the next chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has announced.

Webb was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor, falling in the GOP primary to former state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who was sworn in as lieutenant governor Jan. 10.

The governor also announced that she was appointing Michael Mayton to the state Workers’ Compensation Commission. Both Webb and Mayton are lawyers.

Mayton, a Hope native now of Little Rock, will replace Christopher Palmer on the compensation panel, and he will serve through the end of 2027. Webb, whose appointment will expire on Jan. 14, 2029, will replace Kimberly O’Guinn on the PSC, and as chairman will unseat Katie Anderson, the latest addition to the panel, who will remain as a commissioner.

O’Guinn recently took a policy leadership position at Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization with headquarters in Little Rock.

In a statement, the governor said she was proud to appoint Mayton and Webb, calling them “two respected, qualified leaders whose service will benefit every hardworking Arkansan.” Sanders said Mayton had decades of experience handling workers’ compensation cases, and praised Webb as an “accomplished public servant” who has spent his career working to improve Arkansans’ lives.

Webb, whose rise in politics began in Saline County, where he was in private practice, earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and was once an Arkansas Department of Labor attorney.

Chairman of the state GOP from 2008 to 2020, Webb was general counsel to the Republican National Committee from 2017 to 2020 and a key overseer of delegate selections for Republican National Conventions.

He was a Saline County Justice of the Peace before being elected to the state Senate, representing Saline and Perry counties. He co-chaired the Joint Committee on Energy, studying utility infrastructure and Arkansas’ energy needs, and co-wrote the Senate’s Code of Ethics.

He was also instrumental in getting the PSC to authorize local phone calling between Benton, Bryant and all of Little Rock’s telephone exchanges. Previously, calls from Benton or Bryant to Little Rock had been long-distance calls. A press release from the governor’s office also said he and former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the current governor’s father, were forces behind approval for the expansion of Interstate 30 from four to six lanes between Little Rock and Benton.

As his second Senate term neared completion, Webb became chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, serving in that post from 2002 to 2007. His wife is Justice Barbara Webb of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Mayton, born in Hope, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and got his law degree from the UA School of Law there. He was associate editor of the Arkansas Law Review, then defended employers and insurance carriers in compensation cases. He twice served as special chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and is the senior partner in Mayton, Newkirk & Jones, the Little Rock law firm.

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