Contest For Top Post In Kansas Senate Narrows

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A veteran Wichita legislator has formally launched an effort to become the Kansas Senate's next president, and one potential rival is backing her.

Sen. Susan Wagle announced her plans to seek the chamber's top leadership post during a Tuesday fundraiser at the Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover. Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran attended.

Her bid also received a boost when fellow state Sen. Les Donovan, also from Wichita, announced that he's dropped plans to run for the position and will seek to become Senate vice president.

Republican senators and senators-elect will meet in December to pick new leaders. The top job will be open because current Senate President Steve Morris of Hugoton lost his Aug. 7 GOP primary.

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