November 8, 2012
A former Democratic leader will return to the Kansas House following this week's election, but former State Treasurer Dennis McKinney has failed in his attempt at a legislative comeback.
Former House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer defeated GOP freshman Rep. Benny Boman in the 95th District in Wichita.
Sawyer served 12 years in the House, leaving in 1998 to run for unsuccessfully for governor. He later was Kansas Democratic Party chairman, won back his House seat in 2002 and stepped down again in 2009 for a Kansas Parole Board seat.
McKinney served 16 years in the House and was minority leader before being appointed treasurer in 2008.
The Greensburg Democrat lost the treasurer's race in 2010. He was defeated in the 117th District this year by Republican John Ewy (AY'-vee) of Jetmore.