Hawkins names first staff appointment as majority leader


New Kansas House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins on Wednesday announced that longtime Republican aide B.J. Harden would be his chief of staff.

Harden, now chief of staff and deputy secretary at the Kansas Department of Transportation, has been running in Republican circles for almost a decade.

Over the years, Harden has worked for former House Speaker Ray Merrick, outgoing Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former treasurer Ron Estes, who is now in Congress.

He started with the Kansas Republican Party as deputy executive director in 2010.

"I trust him," said Hawkins, a . . .


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