When the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives reorganized earlier this week, two southwest Kansas legislators were among those chosen for leadership roles.
State Sen. Garrett Love, R-Montezuma, was elected to serve as the Majority Whip in the Senate. He won the election over Jeff Melcher, R-Overland Park, by a vote of 21-11.
State Representative Brian Weber, R-Dodge City, was elected by his Republican colleagues in the House to serve as House Majority Whip. Weber won the election by a 58-33 vote over Amanda Grosserode, R-Lenexa.
Love originally was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives by defeating a 24-year incumbent and former Speaker of the House Melvin Neufeld by a 2-to-1 margin. He was then elected by precinct committee members to the State Senate to become the youngest state senator in Kansas history. Love currently resides in Montezuma with his wife, Caley, and serves on the Agriculture, Tax, Utilities/Energy, Natural Resources and Local Government committees.
"I am honored that my colleagues have given me this opportunity and am thankful that western Kansas will have a voice on our leadership team," Love said. "We have many challenges ahead, and I look forward to working to make Kansas the best state in the country to raise a family and the best state in the country to run a business."
Weber was first appointed to the House seat in December 2010, when former Rep. Pat George joined the Governor's cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. During his first year, Weber was twice chosen to chair the 150 caucus, and in December 2011 was named one of the top 10 movers and shakers in Topeka by Hawver's Capitol Report.
Prior to serving in the House, Weber served as the vice mayor of Dodge City and on the Dodge City Commission for three years, and also as a board member for numerous civic and nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvest America Corp., is finishing a term on the board for the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, and recently joined the board of High Plains Public Radio.