Less combat. More collegiality.
House Democrats struck out on a new direction Monday, choosing Rep. Tom Sawyer over incumbent Rep. Jim Ward as their new leader.
With a Democrat in the governor's office and the House tilting more conservative, Democrats chose Sawyer over Ward, the lawmaker from Wichita who some consider pugnacious.
Sawyer defeated Ward by a vote of 26-14. He will be the Democrats' third leader since 2014.
In other leadership races Monday, from the Republican side: