Gov. Kelly appoints Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers as State Treasurer

Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers
Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers
Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Laura Kelly has appointed Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers (D) as the new State Treasurer. Rogers is a businessman and former banker.

Governor Laura Kelly says she has selected Rogers as the new State Treasurer following the election of Jake LaTurner (R) to the U.S. House of Representatives in November. She said Rogers will be the 41st Kansas State Treasurer when Congressman-elect LaTurner vacates his current position in January.

“Lynn is uniquely qualified to serve as the Kansas state treasurer,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “He has over 40 years of experience as a banker – both in urban and rural areas alike. I’m grateful for his service in my administration, and I have no doubt he will keep doing great things for the people of Kansas in his new role.”

Gov. Kelly said Lt. Gov. Rogers will be sworn in as Treasurer on Jan. 2, 2021.

“It is an honor to accept the position of Kansas State Treasurer,” Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers said. “I spent my entire career in banking and bring to this position more than 40 years of experience working in all aspects of the industry. I look forward to applying all of this experience to helping protect the financial interests of Kansans.”

According to Gov. Kelly, the State Treasurer oversees the state’s revenue and finances, directs the investment of state assets and ensures the government can operate through proper banking, investment and cash management.

“The outstanding Treasurer’s Office staff and I look forward to assisting with a smooth hand-off to the new treasurer and ensuring Kansans continue to receive excellent service,” State Treasurer and Congressman-elect Jake LaTurner said.

Gov. Kelly made the announcement on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. during a news conference. Kelly says that she will announce her new lieutenant governor sometime next week.

Kelly’s predecessor, Former Governor Jeff Colyer did not hide his disdain for her pick in a Tweet Thursday following the announcement. “Today, Governor Kelly ignored the will of the overwhelming majority of Kansans and made a partisan appointment for State Treasurer. She substituted her partisan preferences for the votes of hundreds of thousands of Kansans who opted for Republican leadership.”

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