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Brownback Nominee For Kansas Commerce Secretary Withdraws

Associated Press - September 1, 2015 4:24 pm

Gov. Sam Brownback’s nominee for Kansas commerce secretary has withdrawn from consideration for the job over what the governor’s office says is potential conflicts of interest.

Brownback’s office announced Tuesday that Leawood businessman George Hansen asked the Republican governor not to submit his appointment to the state Senate for confirmation.

The governor’s office said Hansen cited what he called extensive business dealings between the state Department of Commerce and a member of his extended family.

Hansen said in a news release distributed by the governor’s office that Brownback needs a full-time commerce secretary and not someone who would have to continually remove himself from decisions.

Brownback appointed Hansen last month after Pat George stepped down as secretary.

Hansen has been president and CEO of a Johnson County venture capital organization.

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