Jack Ranson, a stalwart leader of Kansas Republican moderates for years, died Thursday at a Wichita hospital.
He was 78.
Ranson is the husband of former Kansas state Sen. Pat Ranson, a Wichita Republican.
Ryan Wright, executive director of the moderate Kansas Traditional Republican Majority, wrote this in an e-mail blast to members: "Words do not due justice to this man who was a giant of Kansas Republican politics. Jack was as comfortable with presidents as he was with precinct people and he never missed an opportunity to serve or encourage service in others."
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He was an adviser to numerous leading Kansas Republicans, including Bob Dole, Nancy Kassebaum, Bill Graves, Pat Roberts and Dick Bond