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Roster of northwest Kansas legislators

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

The face of the Kansas Legislature is changing, growing markedly more conservative, but with a host of new faces.

Nowhere is that more evident than in northwest Kansas.

Only three northwest Kansas veterans are incumbents, the rest incoming freshmen.

The three incumbents from the area are Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-Grinnell, and Reps. Don Hineman, R-Dighton, and Ward Cassidy, R-St. Francis.

Ostmeyer will serve as chairman of the Federal and State Affairs Committee and as a member of Natural Resources, Education, Agriculture and Organization, Calendar and Rules committees.

Joining Ostmeyer in the Senate will be:

* Sen. Elaine Bowers, R-Concordia, representing the 36th District, and specifically all of Smith, Osborne, Rooks and Russell counties and the eastern two-thirds of Phillips County. She is vice chairwoman of Public Health and Welfare Committee and serves on the Agriculture and Financial Institutions and Insurance committees.

* Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, representing the 33rd District and specifically Ness and Rush counties. He is vice chairman of Ethics and Elections Committee and a member of Public Health and Welfare, Agriculture and Federal and State Affairs committees.

On the House side, Cassidy will serve as chairman of the Education Budget Committee and vice chairman of the Education Committee. He'll also be a member of the Appropriations Committee. He represents all of Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Sherman and Wallace counties, and part of Thomas County, including Colby.

Hineman will be serving as a member of the General Government Budget, Taxation and Vision 2020 committees. He represents all of Sheridan, Logan, Gove and Trego counties, and most of Graham and Thomas counties.

Incoming freshmen in the House are:

* Rep. John Ewy, R-Jetmore, representing the 117th District, and specifically all of Ness County and the western half of Rush County. He will serve on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education and Federal and State Affairs committees.

* Rep. Sue Boldra, R-Hays, representing the 111th District, or most of Ellis County, including Hays and Victoria. She will serve on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education, Energy and Environment and Utilities and Telecommunications committees.

* Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco, representing the 110th District, including all of Norton, Phillips and Rooks counties, a small slice of Graham County and much of Ellis County. He will be on the Rules and Journal, Commerce, Labor and Economic Development, Federal and State Affairs and Taxation committees.

* Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Luray, representing the 109th District, specifically, Smith, Osborne and Russell counties and the eastern half of Rush County. He will serve on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget and Federal and State Affairs.