Edward F. Reilly Jr. has been chairman of the U.S. Parole Commission since 2001. He was appointed to the commission in 1992. Previously, Reilly served one year in the Kansas House of Representatives and 28 years in the Kansas State Senate. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from KU in 1961. A native of Leavenworth, Reilly worked for 30 years in real estate insurance and banking.