TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans are giving Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle a second four-year term in the leadership post.
The Wichita Republican easily overcame a challenge Monday from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson of Andover. The vote was 23-7 among GOP senators and senators-elect, with one of the 31 abstaining.
Both Wagle and Masterson are conservatives. But Wagle has been willing to break with Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on tax and budget policy, while Masterson has been a reliable Brownback ally.
The full Senate must ratify the GOP’s decision when lawmakers open their next session in January.
GOP senators and senators-elect also named Sen. Jim Denning of Overland Park as their new majority leader. Denning has been a vocal critic of Brownback’s fiscal policies. Denning had no challenger.
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