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Kansas Legislature Elects New Leaders

Joe Denoyer - December 5, 2016 3:32 pm

Kansas lawmakers selected their leaders for next year with a new House speaker chosen by Republicans. Rep. Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe, formerly of Meade was selected by the House to be the new Speaker.

House Republicans designated a new speaker because incumbent Ray Merrick of Stilwell did not seek re-election to the Legislature this year. Also vying for the post was Majority Leader Jene Vickrey of Louisburg, and Rep. Russ Jennings of Lakin. Ryckman Jr. will serve a two-year term.

Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita was selected by fellow GOP senators for another four-year term as leader. Senate budget chairman Ty Masterson of Andover challenged her.

Here are the complete results:

Senate Republicans
Senate President: Senator Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, won re-election over Senator Ty Masterson, R-Andover.

Senate Vice President: Senator Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia, won against Senator Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita.

Senate Majority Leader: Senator Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, who had no opposition.

Senate Assistant Majority Leader: Senator Vicki Schmidt R- Topeka, won against Senator Julia Lynn, R-Olathe.

The GOP Whip: Senator Elaine Bowers, R-Concordia, won against Senator Rick Billinger, R-Goodland.

Senate Democrats
Senate Minority Leader: Senator Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, was unopposed for his sixth term as Minority Leader.

Senate Assistant Minority Leader: Senator Laura Kelly, D-Topeka.

Minority Agenda Chair: Senator Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, who had no opposition.

Senate Minority Whip: Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, who had no opposition.

Caucus Chair: Senator Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, maintained his position as Caucus Chair.

House Republicans
Speaker of the House: Rep. Ron Ryckman Jr., R-Olathe, won against Rep. Russ Jennings, R-Lakin.

House Majority Leader: Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton, won against Rep. John Barker, R-Abilene.

House Speaker pro tem: Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, won against Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, and Rep. Kyle Hoffman, R-Coldwater.

House Assistant Majority Leader: Rep. Tom Phillips, R-Manhattan, won against Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita.

House Majority Whip: Kent Thompson, R-Iola, won against Rep. Blake Carpenter, R-Derby.

GOP Caucus Chair: Rep. Susan Concannon, R-Beloit, won against Rep. Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs.

House Democrats
House Minority Leader: Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, won against Rep. Tom Burroughs, D-Kansas City.

House Assistant Minority Leader: Rep. Stan Frownfelter, D-Kansas City won against Rep. Louis Ruiz, D-Kansas City, and Rep. Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City.

House Caucus Chair: Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, won re-election with no opposition.

Policy Chair: Rep. Adam Lusker, D-Frontenac, had no opposition.

House Agenda Chair of Democrat caucus: Rep. Brandon Whipple, D-Wichita, won re-election with no opposition.

Caucus Whip: Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, won over Rep. Jarrod Ousley, D-Merriam.


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