Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s term won’t expire until next month, but a public reception held to honor her Monday in Topeka signaled the looming end of a long and distinguished career of public service to Kansans. Before Praeger was elected in 2002 to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as the state’s insurance regulator, she had been a state senator, state representative and mayor of Lawrence. In office, Praeger became a national leader on insurance issues, serving as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. To her credit, the Republican refused to treat health care reform at the state and federal levels as a partisan issue, becoming a voice of valuable expertise nationally on the Affordable Care Act. Praeger will be succeeded by Republican Ken Selzer, who would do well to maintain her strong focus on Kansas consumers. – Rhonda Holman
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