SE Kansas House Rep. Bideau dies at home

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — House Speaker Ray Merrick’s office says southeast Kansas Rep. Ed Bideau has died at his home in Chanute a day after the Legislature ended a two-day special session.

Rachel Witten, spokeswoman for the speaker, says Friday that the 62-year-old Bideau died Thursday. She declined to give a cause of death, citing family privacy.

Funeral services were not available Friday.

Bideau was an attorney in Chanute and was elected to the House in 2012. He previously served in the House from 1985 to 1988 before leaving office to establish his law practice.

According to his official campaign website, Bideau graduated from Chanute High School and Neosho County Community College. He earned business and law degrees from Washburn University in Topeka.

He was elected county attorney in Neosho County in 1976.


House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) on Friday released the following statement concerning the passing of Rep. Ed Bideau (R-Chanute).

“Ed was a kind, humble, intelligent man. He loved his family dearly and was committed to serving his friends and neighbors in the 9th District. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and colleagues in the legislature.”

Rep. Bideau served as a Representative for two terms, starting in 1984. He left to establish his law practice and raise a family, but was reelected in 2012 to represent the area surrounding Chanute in the 9th House District. He was a long-time farmer, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. His family said the funeral will be scheduled for mid to late next week.

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