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Brownback Names Kansas Revenue Secretary to Economic Council

Associated Press - December 5, 2016 1:35 pm

A top Democratic lawmaker says he is joining the crowded race to replace Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. House Minority Leader Jim Ward of Wichita announced his candidacy Saturday. He had named former Democratic Party chairman Lee Kinch as his campaign treasurer earlier this week.

Gov. Sam Brownback has named Kansas’ top revenue official to an economic advisory post and replaced him with a retired executive of a marketing and advertising agency.

Brownback announced former state lawmaker Nick Jordan’s appointment Monday to the lead role with the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council with the Kansas Department of Commerce. Jordan will start that job Dec. 12.

Jordan has been the state’s revenue secretary since Brownback took office in 2011.

Brownback named Sam Williams to be Jordan’s successor. Williams is a former Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce chairman and board member, as well as a retired chief financial officer and managing partner at Sullivan, Higdon and Sink.

Williams’ appointment will require confirmation by the state senate.