Leavenworth County's Navinsky resigns from Kansas House

A little more seat shuffling ahead of the 2010 Kansas legislative session, this time in Leavenworth County.

Rep. Don Navinsky, an Easton Democrat, announced that he will step down this month after serving nearly a year.

Navinsky joined the Legislature to fill in for Rep. Melanie Meier, a Leavenworth Democrat, when Meier’s Army unit was sent to Iraq last winter.

Now that Meier is back, Navinsky said he’ll step aside. It's expected that Democratic precinct committee members will send Meier back to Topeka, though they could pick a new representative.

“I said when I went in that I would resign when she got back,” Navinsky said Wednesday morning. “So that’s what I’m doing. I enjoyed it. Met a lot of wonderful people.”

Navinsky is a former Leavenworth County Commissioner who ran against Meier in the 2008 primary.

Last night, GOP precinct committee members picked a new representative from Johnson County.

Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican, will now represent the 25th District, which includes Fairway, Mission Hills and parts of Roeland Park and Prairie Village. Bollier replaces Terrie Huntington, who resigned last month to take a seat in the state Senate.