Kansas panel endorses Brownback transportation leader pick

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A state Senate panel has approved Gov. Sam Brownback’s pick as leader of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee voted to send Richard Carlson’s nomination for the position to the full Senate.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley was the only person on the committee to dissent to approving Carlson’s nomination.

Carlson took charge of KDOT in July as interim secretary. He was previously a legislative liaison for the Kansas Department of Revenue. Before that, Carlson chaired the House Taxation Committee, where he played a role in passing the 2012 tax bill.