Republican Jim Barnett of Emporia is
resigning from the Kansas state Senate with two years left in his
The Emporia Gazette reports Barnett announced the decision
Wednesday in a statement that didn't give a reason. He'll step down
Oct. 1 and will announce his future plans within the coming week.
Barnett is a physician who retired from an Emporia medical group
earlier this year to campaign for Congress. He is serving his third
four-year term in the Senate. Messages seeking comment were not
He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2006, losing to
Democrat Kathleen Sebelius. This year he ran unsuccessfully for the
GOP nomination in Kansas' 1st Congressional District.
Barnett's current Senate term runs through 2012. The Republican
Central Committee for the 17th District will hold a convention to
pick his replacement, who will finish his Senate term.