Legislative veterans to lead both parties in Kansas House
December 4, 2022
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House Republicans on Monday promoted their No. 2 leader into the top job of speaker, while Democrats picked a veteran of state and local politics to lead them over a much younger relative newcomer.
State Rep. Dan Hawkins, of Wichita, faced no opposition among the 85 GOP House members and members-elect to his promotion. He's served four years as majority leader, promoting the GOP's agenda as a vocal critic of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.
GOP unity behind Hawkins contrasted with a divide among Democrats over who should lead them for the next two years. They voted...