Ex-Lawmaker Named To State Supreme Court Screening Board

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a former Kansas House member to the commission that screens applicants for the state Supreme Court.

Brownback announced Thursday that he appointed former Rep. Don Dahl of Hillsboro to the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

Dahl replaces the late Janet Juhnke, a longtime Kansas Wesleyan University faculty member from Salina. Juhnke died in January, and Dahl will serve the remainder of her four-year term, which runs through June.

Dahl is a 68-year-old retired U.S. Navy officer. He served as a Republican in the House from 1997 through 2008.

The nine-member commission interviews applicants for seats on the Kansas Supreme Court and nominates three finalists for the governor to consider. The governor appoints four commissioners, but five are attorneys elected by other attorneys.

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