Rep. Mike Ross announces in Little Rock in July that he will not seek a seventh term in Congress. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Rep. Mike Ross (D-AK) retired this year and will be joining Southwest Power Pool, a utilities company, as its senior vice president for government affairs and public relations. The company is based in Little Rock and transmits electricity for all of Kansas and Oklahoma and parts of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. SPP has also recently clashed with regulators over compensation for joint operating agreements with other utility companies in the area. While in Congress, Ross served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and during the last couple years he has received about $20,500 in donations from electric utility companies even though he was not running for reelection. About half of that came from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the organization Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) will head after she passes through the revolving door next month.