Senate passes bill setting new age requirement for gubernatorial candidates


Legislation that would set new age requirements for candidates running for governor is headed to a conference committee after it was approved by the Senate Thursday.

The Senate voted 29-9 to pass a bill setting the age for governor and lieutenant governor at 30 years old. The age requirement for candidates running for attorney general, secretary of state and insurance commissioner would be 18.

The bill also requires the candidate running for attorney general to be licensed to practice law in Kansas.

The new age requirements for running for statewide office came after about a half dozen teens – include two from out of state – announced they were running for governor.

The Senate bill is different from the one that passed the House, which set the age requirement for all statewide offices at 18.