TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate's new budget committee chairman filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and listed nearly $885,000 in unsecured debts in a federal court filing.
But other incoming Senate leaders defended Andover Republican Ty Masterson after his selection Tuesday as Ways and Means Committee chairman. They said colleagues respect him.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Masterson said he's working with creditors to pay off debts that were discharged this year.
A GOP leadership panel picked Masterson. He and other incoming Senate leaders will begin their jobs when legislators convene their 2013 session in mid-January.
Masterson said he understands that some might question his appointment with the bankruptcy in his background. But he said it gives him a personal perspective on the tough economic times many people are facing.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com