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Legislative Leaders Appoint 26 Members to Financial Institutions Committees

Seventeen House members and nine Senators have been tapped by leadership to serve on the financial institutions committees during the upcoming session. Of those, 19 are new to the committees that hear legislation of interest to Kansas credit unions. In addition to new committee members, changes were made on the House side that will divide insurance and financial institutions into two separate committees and merge pensions into the financial institutions committee. 

Kansas Sen. Jeff Longbine

The new House Financial Institutions & Pensions committee is slated to meet at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays rather than 3:30 p.m. daily. The Senate committee will continue to meet at 9:30 a.m. daily.

Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee

Jeff Longbine (R-Emporia) will again serve as chairman of the Senate committee. He owns and operates Longbine Autoplaza, the Chevrolet dealership in Emporia. Members of the committee include: Vice Chair Rick Billinger (R-Goodland); Ranking Minority Lynn Rogers (D-Wichita); Bruce Givens (R-El Dorado); Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka); Rob Olson (R-Olathe); Dennis Pyle (R-Hiawatha); Gene Suellentrop (R-Wichita); and Rick Wilborn (R-McPherson).R-Goodland); Ranking Minority Lynn Rogers (D-Wichita); Bruce Givens (R-El Dorado); Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka); Rob Olson (R-Olathe); Dennis Pyle (R-Hiawatha); Gene Suellentrop (R-Wichita); and Rick Wilborn (R-McPherson).

House Financial Institutions & Pensions Committee

Kansas Rep. Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly (R-Independence), who most recently served as vice chairman of financial institutions, will chair the House committee this coming term. Kelly is executive vice president of Community National Bank in Independence.

Members of the committee include: Vice Chair Randy Powell (R-Olathe); Ranking Minority Gail Finney (D-Wichita); Doug Blex (R-Independence); Brenda Dietrich (R-Topeka); Willie Dove (R-Bonner Springs); Roger Elliott (R-Wichita); John Eplee (R-Atchison); Daniel Hawkins (R-Wichita); Tim Hodge (D-Newton); Russ Jennings (R-Lakin); Fred Patton (R-Topeka); Ed Trimmer (D-Winfield); Kent Thompson (R-Iola); Jene Vickrey (R-Louisburg); Virgil Weigel (D-Topeka); and Brandon Whipple (D-Wichita).