© 2021 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Ryan Silvey, Now Out of Missouri Senate, Decries Political Scene 'Like A Reality Show'

Palmer and Silvey
Brian Ellison
KCUR 89.3
Missouri Public Service Commission member Ryan Silvey (right) joined KCUR's Kyle Palmer and host Brian Ellison (not pictured) on this week's Statehouse Blend Missouri.

Just days into the 2018 legislative session, after 13 years of service in the General Assembly, Kansas City Republican Senator Ryan Silvey was out of the statehouse and beginning a six-year term on the Missouri Public Service Commission. Silvey had frequently clashed with Governor Eric Greitens, and in this Statehouse Blend Missouri "exit interview," Silvey acknowledges that the governor may have nominated him partly to eliminate a "thorn in the side." 

He also identifies the challenges facing efforts to reduce taxes in the state and describes the way the age of Trump has turned politics into a "reality show." And asked whether Greitens should resign over his admitted affair and allegations of blackmail, Silvey says it's an "intensely personal decision," but also notes, "people have resigned for less."


  • Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, Missouri Public Service Commissioner
  • Kyle Palmer, KCUR morning newscaster
As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.