Governor won’t set date for naming court nominee

Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback promises to move “aggressively” to nominate a new Kansas Court of Appeals judge, but he won’t pin down a date.

The Republican governor responded Monday to a call from Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley to name the new judge this week.

Brownback isn’t legally required to make the appointment until Aug. 29. But a special legislative session begins Sept. 3, and the Senate will be required to consider the appointment during the session.

Hensley said lawmakers need time to review the nominee’s background. Brownback said he’ll ensure there’s time but said potential appointees also must have a background check by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Brownback called the special session to revise a law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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