(Updated to include more interviews and data about the future of the Senate 10 District race)
Longtime Republican state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook on Friday announced she was retiring from public office after serving nearly three full terms in the Senate.
Pilcher-Cook, an ardent conservative who opposed abortion rights, announced her decision to retire shortly after 4 p.m. Friday.
She now represents the 10th District, which covers parts of Overland Park, Shawnee, Bonner Springs, Merriam and Lake Quivira.
Her resignation is effective 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, toward the end of the first week of the 2020 . . .