(Update to include interview with Hawk)
Democratic state Sen. Tom Hawk of Manhattan on Thursday announced that he will retire from the state Senate right after the new legislative session starts.
Hawk represents the 22nd Senate District, which includes Riley, Geary and Clay counties. His resignation will be effective Jan. 10.
He is the second state senator to announce plans to leave office. Republican state Sen. Gene Suellentrop is leaving Jan. 2.
“It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve our state and represent my pocket of Kansas in the Legislature," Hawk said in a . . .