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How long will women be shut out of statewide offices?

Praeger
Praeger

Because a government should look like the people governed, it’s a disappointment to see Kansas’ eight statewide offices newly filled as of Monday with members of one demographic group – white men. The state has one woman in Congress, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, and Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, serves as the powerful Senate president. But since 1966, Kansas had always had at least one woman serving in statewide office. The long run ended when Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s term did Monday. “I wouldn’t read too much into it,” Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday. But Kansas women, and especially girls, may take another view. As Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park, said: “We need to start working harder and start stepping up and leading.” – Rhonda Holman

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