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House health committee chair ousted in Tuesday election

GOP Rep. Brenda Landwehr defeated in redrawn Wichita district by Dem Rep. Nile Dillmore

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | November 07, 2012

The chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee was ousted from a redrawn Wichita district in Tuesday's election.

GOP Rep. Brenda Landwehr, also one of the longest-serving members of the Kansas House, was defeated by Democratic Rep. Nile Dillmore. It was one of the several legislative races that pitted incumbents against one another in districts redrawn earlier this year by state judges after the Legislature failed to agree on reapportionment maps.

Reps. Brenda Landwehr (right), R-Wichita and Geraldine Flaharty. D-Wichita.

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Dilmore, 65, has been in the House since 2001. As the ranking Democrat on the House Taxation Committee, he was outspoken in his opposition to the income tax cuts signed into law earlier this year by the governor.

He is a real estate developer.

Dilmore’s wife, Janet Miller, serves on the Wichita City Council and is vice mayor. The couple has been married 22 years.

Landwehr, 57, and her husband, David, own an insurance agency. First elected to the House in 1994, Landwehr is the longest serving Republican member of the chamber’s Sedgwick County delegation. Only five members in the 125-seat House have had a longer tenure there than she.

The new 92nd Distirct includes the Riverside and Indian Hills neighborhoods in central Wichita.

About 55 percent of the redrawn district included precincts previously represented by Dillmore. Landwehr represented the old 91st District, much of which was absorbed by the new 92nd.

Dillmore said though it may look like redistricting did him a favor, he still had to sway significant numbers of independents and moderate Republicans to win.

Also defeated Tuesday was Rep. Geraldine Flaharty of Wichita, the ranking Democrat on the House health committee. She lost narrowly to incumbent GOP Rep. Phil Hermanson.

Rep. Bill Feuerborn of Garnett, ranking Democrat on the House budget committee, was defeated by Republican Kevin Jones, a legislative newcomer, according to unofficial election tallies filed with the Secretary of State.

Watch this space later today for additional election details and results.

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