Most Kansas Senate Committees To Have New Chairmen

By: AP/WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP/WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Most committees of the Kansas Senate will have new leaders when conservative Republicans take control of the chamber in January.

A GOP leadership committee on Tuesday appointed chairmen for the Senate's 13 standing committees. Eleven will be new after conservatives ousted moderate Republican leaders in this year's GOP primaries.

“I believe an excellent leadership team is in place and we look forward to addressing the challenging issues that await the 2013 Legislature,” said Senate President-elect Susan Wagle, R-Wichita.

All committees are chaired by Republicans, who outnumber Democrats in the chamber 32-8. The chairmen will assume their jobs when the 2013 session convenes in January.

The newcomers include Ty Masterson, of Andover, who will lead the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, and Steve Abrams, of Arkansas City, who will chair the Senate Education Committee.

The holdovers are Les Donovan, who chairs the Assessment and Taxation Committee, and Pat Apple, of Louisburg, who heads the Utilities Committee.

Senate Committee Leadership Assignments:
Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Garrett Love (R-Montezuma) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Dan Kerschen (R-Garden Plain) will serve as vice-chairman. Agriculture Committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Senate Natural Resources Committee, Senator-elect Larry Powell (R-Garden City) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Dan Kerschen (R-Garden Plain) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Julia Lynn (R-Olathe) will serve as chairwoman, and Senator Susan Wagle (R-Wichita) will serve as vice-chair.

Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Mike Petersen (R-Wichita) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Kay Wolf (R-Prairie Village) will serve as vice-chair. Transportation Committee will meet Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Jeff King (R-Independence) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Greg Smith (R-Overland Park) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, Senator Rob Olson (R-Olathe) will serve as chairman and Senator Jeff Longbine (R-Emporia) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee, Senator Dennis Pyle (R-Hiawatha) will serve as chairman and Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator Ty Masterson (R-Andover) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Jim Denning (R-Overland Park) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, Senator Les Donovan (R-Wichita) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Caryn Tyson (R-Parker) will serve as vice-chairwoman.

Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, Senator Ralph Ostmeyer (R-Grinnell) will serve as chairman and Senator Jay Emler (R-Lindsborg) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Education Committee, Senator Steve Abrams (R-Arkansas City) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Tom Arpke (R-Salina) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee) will serve as chairwoman and Senator-elect Elaine Bowers (R-Concordia) will serve as vice-chairwoman.

Senate Utilities Committee, Senator Pat Apple (R-Louisburg) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Forrest Knox (R-Altoona) will serve as vice-chairman.


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