Kansas governor names lawmaker as new state treasurer

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a legislator as the next state treasurer to replace Republican Ron Estes after Estes won a special congressional election.

Brownback announced Tuesday that GOP state Sen. Jake LaTurner of Pittsburg will served the rest of Estes' four-year term as treasurer. LaTurner is expected to seek a full term in 2018.

New Kansas congressman Estes plans to take office April 25

Twenty-nine-year-old LaTurner has been active in Republican politics in southeast Kansas for at least a decade. He previously served on congresswoman Lynn Jenkins' staff, was elected to the Senate in 2012 and re-elected last year.

The 60-year-old Estes was elected last week to replace former congressman Mike Pompeo in the 4th District of south-central Kansas following Pompeo's appointment as CIA director. 
 

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