House Speaker Fills Committee Chair and Vice Chair Vacancies

Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives Ray Merrick (R-Stillwell) on Wednesday announced new committee chairs and vice chairs to fill vacancies prior to the legislative session beginning Jan. 13, 2014.

"You don't normally see this amount of turnover mid-term but I am lucky to have exceptional House members," said Speaker Merrick. "While the decisions were not easy, I am confident that the new appointees will bring a high level of enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the job. I look forward to working with all of them."

The new appointments are as follows:

Representative Steve Brunk (R-Wichita) - Federal and State Affairs Chairman

Representative Ron Ryckman Jr. (R-Olathe) - Social Services Budget Chairman

Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-Palco) - Federal and State Affairs Vice Chairman

Representative Susan Concannon (R-Beloit) - Health and Human Services Vice Chairman

Representative Mark Hutton (R-Wichita) - Insurance Vice Chairman

Representative James Todd (R-Overland Park) - Special Claims Against the State Vice Chairman


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