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Region gains clout in Topeka

The Wichita region's clout in the Legislature increased this week as several area lawmakers received new committee chairman assignments. Not only was Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, chosen to chair the Senate Ways and Means Committee, but Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, will chair the Senate Commerce Committee; Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Bel Aire, will chair the House Federal and State Affairs Committee; and Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, will chair the House Appropriations Committee.

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