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Governor’s chief of staff testifies in redistricting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff says the governor is in favor of making Leavenworth County a distinct Kansas Senate district.

David Kensinger, the governor’s chief of staff, testified Wednesday before a Senate committee considering redistricting proposals. He says it is the only one of the state’s 10 most populous counties whose representative does not live in the county.

Leavenworth County currently is part of a district represented by Tom Holland of Baldwin City and Kelly Kultala of Kansas City. They were the Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor against Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer in 2010.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley said it’s unusual for a governor’s chief of staff to testify on redistricting.

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