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Shallenburger returning to Statehouse

Tim Shallenburger, a former House speaker and state treasurer and the GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2002, is returning to state government. Shallenburger is leaving his bank president job in Baxter Springs to become Gov.-elect Sam Brownback's legislative liaison. His job will be helping get Brownback's agenda passed — which shouldn't be too difficult, given the large GOP majorities in the Legislature. He also will help represent legislators' agendas to Brownback — which could be more challenging, as some conservative lawmakers may want to be more aggressive than Brownback on social issues or tax cuts.