TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Rep. Phil Hermanson invited his girlfriend to the Kansas House on the pretext of helping honor a student from the Wichita area. Turns out the honor was all his.
There was no student, but Hermanson dropped to one knee in the House chamber on Friday and proposed to Rhonda Riggs. Riggs accepted, much to the approval of the Wichita Republican’s colleagues.
Riggs and Hermanson have known each other since grade school in Goddard and dated for a while in college. They rekindled their romance in March of this year while following the Wichita State Shockers’ run to the semifinals of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Riggs is a contract executive with a Wichita landscaping company. She said the couple planned to get married in early 2014.