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Senate Dem leader longest-serving legislator

TOPEKA (AP) -- Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley holds the record for the longest tenure in the state Legislature, but five other lawmakers also served 30 years or more.

Here is a list of the longest-serving lawmakers in Kansas history:

1. Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, 36 years. Served in the House, 1977 through 1992, and in the Senate, 1993 to present.

2. Sen. Ross Doyen, a Concordia Republican, 34 years. In the House, 1959 through 1968; in the Senate, 1969 through 1992. Served as Senate president, 1975 through 1984.

3. Sen. Joe Warren, a Maple Hill Democrat, 32 years, all in the Senate, from 1957 through 1988.

4. Sen. Joseph Harder, a Moundridge Republican, 32 years, all in the Senate, from 1961 through 1992.

5. Sen. Paul Feleciano, a Wichita Democrat, 31 years. In the House, 1973 through 1976; in the Senate, 1977 into 2003.

6. Rep. Bill Reardon, a Kansas City Democrat, 30 years, all in the House, from 1975 through 2004.

Here is a list of the longest-serving members of the Legislature who'll return in 2013:

1. Hensley.

2. Sen. Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, 22 years. In the House, from 1991 through 2000; in the Senate, from 2001 to the present. Will serve as Senate president.

3. Rep. Jan Pauls, a Hutchinson Democrat, 21 years, all in the House, from August 1991 to the present.

4. Rep. Mike Peterson, a Kansas City Democrat, 20 years, all in the House, from 1979 through 1990 and from 2005 to the present.

5. Rep. Barbara Ballard, a Lawrence Democrat, 20 years, all in the House, from 1993 to the present.

6. Sen. Les Donovan, a Wichita Republican, 20 years. In the House, from 1993 until March 1997; in the Senate, March 1997 to the present.

7. Rep. Jene Vickrey, a Louisburg Republican, 20 years, all in the House, from 1993 to the present.

8. Rep.-elect Tom Sawyer, a Wichita Democrat, 19 years, all in the House; from 1987 through 2002; from 2003 to 2009; re-elected in 2012.