UPDATED: Jennings dies at 66

State Rep. Russ Jennings discusses the constitutional amendment on school finance.

(Updated to include reaction from the governor, legislators and longtime friend)

Republican state Rep. Russ Jennings, one of the last leading moderates in the Kansas House with a career devoted to the criminal justice system, died Wednesday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. announced Jennings' passing to House members early this afternoon.

"Over the past few months, he has fought hard through treatments and embraced every minute with his family," Ryckman said in a statement.

"Every time we talked after a treatment, he was motivated and inspired to fight this thing, to . . .


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