With the recent election of new leadership in the Kansas House and Senate, there has been a trickle-down effect with regards to committee leadership in both houses.


With the recent election of new leadership in the Kansas House and Senate, there has been a trickle-down effect with regards to committee leadership in both houses.



On Monday, the Senate tabbed Grinnell Republican Ralph Ostmeyer to fill the vacancy on the Senate Natural Resources Committee.



Ostmeyer, a farmer and rancher, has served in the Senate since 2005 and previously spent four years in the Kansas House.



Ostmeyer's appointment is the result of a shuffle in Senate committees following former Majority Leader Derek Schmidt's election this year as attorney general.



GOP senators named Lindsborg Republican Jay Emler as the new majority leader. Emler had to give up his chairmanship of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee.



The Ways and Means position went to Sedgwick Republican Carolyn McGinn, who had been leading the Natural Resources Committee.



House Speaker and Hutchinson Republican Mike O'Neal says Wichita Republican Mario Goico (GOY'-koh) will take over for Derby Republican Don Myers on the House Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee when the Legislature opens its annual session Jan. 10.



Myers decided not to seek re-election to the House this year.



Goico is a small-business owner who has served in the House since 2003. He was the veterans and security committee's vice chairman for the past two years.



Topeka Republican Mike Burgess will serve as chairman of the Government Efficiency Committee. He replaces Colby Republican Jim Morrison, who died Nov. 24 while undergoing treatment for a heart condition.



O'Neal also has named Washington Republican Sharon Schwartz as chairwoman of an Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture. Schwartz will replace Brewster Republican John Faber, who lost his August primary race.



Schwartz is giving up her chairmanship of the Local Government Committee, which went to Valley Center Republican Steve Huebert.



Huebert in turn is leaving the top spot on the Elections Committee. O'Neal says that chairmanship goes to Olathe Republican Scott Schwab.