Ag businessman to succeed Weber as Kansas House rep




Special to The Telegram

DODGE CITY — Agribusinessman and former Bucklin mayor Bud Estes, 66, will take the oath of office Thursday in Topeka as he becomes the new state representative from the 119th House District.

Estes, now living in Dodge City, edged Terry Janson, a fellow Dodge City Republican and retiring chief executive officer of Victory Electric Cooperative, in a 10-8 vote at a convention Tuesday night in Dodge City. They were the only two vying to fill the vacancy that will be created by the resignation of Rep. Brian Weber, R-Dodge City.

Because Weber is Republican, it was up to the GOP precinct committee members in the 119th District to choose Weber's successor.

Weber, juggling family, work and legislative duties, announced recently he would resign on the formal adjournment day of this year's session. That day is Thursday.

Weber attended the convention Tuesday night and will be at the Statehouse Thursday.

Weber said he will make remarks from the House floor and then Estes will be sworn in.

"He'll show me the ropes," Estes said.

"I think Bud's going to be a great representative for Dodge City and western Kansas," Weber said Tuesday night.

Estes described himself as a "conservative Republican," long interested in government. He will complete Weber's two-year term, which will expire in January 2015.

Estes brings a full resume to the Legislature.

A graduate of Fort Hays State University, he had early experience in law enforcement; has farmed; and is one of the owners of the BTI farm implement business with operations in Bucklin, Greensburg, Ness City and Pratt. He is general manager of the Ness City location. He also is one of the owners of BTI Wind and Harvest the Wind Network.

Estes has served on numerous boards, including the Ford County Planning Commission.

Estes' name is Maynard Estes Jr., but said people know him only as Bud. He is married to Renae Estes, and they have four grown children.

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