TOPEKA – Members of the House of Representatives are choosing their leaders for the next two years today.
House Speaker Mike O’Neal was reelect for another two years in the position on a unanimous voice vote. The Hutchinson Republican ran unopposed.
House Republicans are currently (at noon) tallying the votes in a five-way race for the Speaker Pro Tem race between representatives Anthony Brown of Eudora, Larry Powell of Garden City, Jean Vickery of Louisburg, Virgil Peck of Tyro and Scott Schwab of Olathe.
The process has to go through multiple rounds of voting with the lowest vote-getter dropping off each round until the vote is between two candidates.
The five candidates are running to replace Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, who is the current Speaker Pro Tem.
Siegfreid beat Rep. Richard Carlson, R-St. Marys, 54-36 to become the House Republican Leader.
Republicans later today will also elect Assistant Majority Leaders and their Caucus leader.
The Democrats are holding similar elections in the old Supreme Court Room.
This is the first vote for all of the freshmen lawmakers elected last month.