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Svaty contender for 'youngest' title

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., may need to update his biography, which still says he "was the youngest secretary of agriculture in Kansas history." Josh Svaty, the Ellsworth state lawmaker chosen last week by Gov. Mark Parkinson and already on the job this week, will be 29 until November. Brownback was a 30-year-old Manhattan attorney when the Kansas Board of Agriculture named him ag secretary in September 1986. Then again, Svaty is "acting" secretary "until the full Senate can consider the nomination," according to a release from Parkinson's office.