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Former press corps reporter joins Gov. Brownback’s re-election campaign

  • Eagle Topeka bureau
  • Published Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign announced John Milburn as its new spokesman Thursday.

Until this week, Milburn had been working as a member of the capitol press corps, reporting for the Associated Press for 13 years.

Milburn wrote stories on state government during the early part of the week, including news of the state’s revenue coming in $28 million below estimates in June on Monday.

His desk at the AP’s office was cleared Wednesday night.

In a statement sent out by the campaign, Milburn said he was pleased to join Brownback’s team. “I look forward to sharing the achievements of the Brownback administration with all Kansans,” he said.

Milburn takes on his official duties for the campaign July 14.

“I am pleased to welcome John to the team,” said Mark Dugan, Brownback’s campaign manager. “His experience and understanding of what matters to Kansans makes him an excellent choice to join the Brownback team.”

A spokeswoman for the Associated Press declined to comment on Milburn's departure, which she called a personnel issue.

Reach Bryan Lowry at 785-296-3006 or blowry@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BryanLowry3.

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