Executive named new Kansas GOP chairwoman

TOPEKA, Kan. | The Kansas Republican Party has a new leader.

She is Amanda Adkins, a 34-year-old executive with Cerner Corp., a health care computer systems company. She's from Overland Park.

Adkins was named state chairwoman by the Kansas GOP's state committee. She was the only candidate for the job.

Outgoing Chairman Kris Kobach decided to step aside after a single, two-year term to run for statewide office. He's formed a campaign committee for the secretary of state's race in 2010.

Adkins managed Republican Sen. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign in 2004, and she's served on several congressional staffs.

As a Cerner executive, she also worked in Washington with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, to help craft health legislation.