Topeka, KS (westernkansasnews.com)Republicans in the state house have selected their new leadership. Representative Ron Ryckman, Junior of Olathe beat Russ Jennings of Lakin for the speaker’s post 57-28. Ryckman’s father is from Meade and served in the House with his son until the end of this year’s term.
Don Hineman of Dighton narrowly defeated John Barker of Abilene 44-41 to become House Majority Leader. The belief is having someone in leadership from Western Kansas will keep the legislature cognizant on the state’s rural issues.