Veteran SE Kansas House Democrat Grant retiring

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A veteran southeast Kansas Democrat is announcing that he will retire from office at the end of the 2013 session.

Bob Grant, a 64-year-old from Frontenac, told colleagues on Friday that he would be stepping down to spend more time with his family.

Grant is known for his colorful language and casual dress, rarely wearing a tie or dress shirt under his coat during legislative session. He sported a black tuxedo and gray vest as he made his intentions known.

He was first appointed to the House in 1991, the last time Democrats held a majority in either legislative chamber. He lost election in 1994 but returned in 1996.

Grant said he has talked to people about filling his unexpired term.

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