UPDATED: Farm Bureau board member wins House seat

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(Updated to reflect interview with Newland from Saturday night)

A member of the Kansas Farm Bureau board was elected as the new state representative in House District 13 on Saturday afternoon.

Precinct committee members voted 61-20 to elect Joe Newland to the House over Yates Center Mayor Ben Weber, a spokesman for the House speaker said.

Newland will finish the term of Larry Hibbard who resigned from the House earlier this month because of an illness.

Newland, who described himself as a conservative, was elected in . . .

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