Kansas Senate confirms 17 Brownback nominees to boards, commissions

The Kansas Senate voted to confirm the appointment of 17 people nominated for state boards and commissions by Gov. Sam Brownback. (File photo/The Capital-Journal)

The Kansas Senate voted to confirm the appointment of 17 people nominated for state boards and commissions by Gov. Sam Brownback.

 

Three members of the Kansas Board of Regents, which has authority over the state universities and community colleges, were authorized by the Senate to serve new terms ending in June 2021.

The votes weren’t unanimous, but Helen Van Etten, of Topeka; Daniel Bangerter, of Dodge City; and Ann Brandau-Murguia, of Kansas City, Kan., secured another four years on the state board.

Brownback’s picks for the Kansas Development Finance Authority — Suchitra Padmanabhan, of Topeka; Chris Donnelly, of Tonganoxie; and Craig Anderson, of Topeka — were confirmed by the Senate.

For the Kansas Human Rights Commission, the governor won approval of Michael Kane and Jonathon Westbrook, both of Kansas City, Kan., and of David Brant, of Wichita.

The confirmed members of the State Banking Board were Leonard Wolfe, of Frankfort; Kurt Knutson, of Overland Park; and Irvin Mitchell, of Russell.

Ronald Wurtz, of Topeka, was confirmed to the State Board of Indigents Defense Services. James Cusser, of Mission Hills, was placed on the Kansas Public Employees Retirement Board of Trustees.

The others: David Billingsley, of Topeka, to the Kansas Public Employee Relations Board; Brandon Jones, of Topeka, to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission; and Allen Schmidt, of Topeka, to the State Civil Service Board.

 

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