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Kan. Senate's new majority leader fills out staff

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Incoming Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce has filled out his staff with a former congressional intern and an aide to the state House speaker.

The Hutchinson Republican announced Monday that Kara Evans will serve has his legislative director.

Evans is a recent graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. She has worked as an intern for Republican U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

Bruce also said Katrina Abraham will be his executive assistant. She had the same job in the office of outgoing House Speaker Mike O'Neal.

Peter Northcott began working as Bruce's chief of staff last month. Northcott is a former legislative liaison for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Bruce becomes Senate majority leader when the Legislature opens is 2013 session next week.