House Elections

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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The election may be over, but the politicking in the race for speaker of the Kansas House has just begun.

On Monday, House members will vote by secret ballot to pick the next speaker. The voting will determine whether conservatives or moderates control the Republican majority.

The tight three-way race features Republican state lawmakers Mike O'Neal, of Hutchinson; Doug Mays of Topeka; and Kenny Wilk of Lansing.

Mays is seen as the favorite of conservative House members, with Wilk and O'Neal splitting the moderate vote.

One of them will replace outgoing Republican speaker Kent Glasscock of Manhattan.

In the House, the speaker appoints committee chairs and members of the committees. That means he has considerable influence in determining what kind of legislation the committees produce.

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