Prairie Politics

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle chooses new chief of staff

Harrison Hems will take over as chief of staff for Senate President Susan Wagle.

Hems, a graduate of the University of Kansas, has worked as Wagle’s legislative director since she became Senate president in 2013. He previously worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation, former House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid and the Kansas Republican Party.

“Harrison’s strong work ethic, his unique understanding of the legislative process and his experience will bring continuity to the office,” Wagle, R-Wichita, said in a news release. “He is an ideal pick for the position.”

Hems replaces outgoing chief of staff Ryan Gilliland, who announced his departure last week to take a position overseeing state government affairs for electricity company ITC Great Plains.