TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Governor Sebelius has named Douglas County District Judge Stephen Six as attorney general.
Six will replace Paul Morrison, who plans to leave office January 31st because of a sex scandal.
Six is a 42-year-old Lawrence resident. The governor appointed him to the bench in Douglas County in January 2005.
Before that, he was a civil trial attorney with a Kansas City area law firm. He's also a former law clerk for Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Deanell Tacha.
Sebelius passed over other potential candidates who were better known in politics or who'd served as federal or county prosecutors.
The governor made the announcement Friday.
Six will serve the remaining three years of Morrison's term.
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The following statement is attributed to Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley:
"I'm pleased Governor Kathleen Sebelius has selected Judge Stephen Six as Kansas' new Attorney General.
"As a respected Seventh Judicial District Judge with more than 10 years of litigation and trial work experience in private practice, Judge Six has the legal mind and temperament to restore Kansas' faith in the Office of Attorney General.
"The people of Kansas need stability and continuity from their top law enforcement official. Should Judge Six decide to run for election in 2010, I will wholeheartedly support him."