Don Hill ending 14-year career in Kansas House

Don Hill's campaign for the 60th District House seat is ending. So is his time in the Kansas House of Representatives.

 

On Monday morning, Hill announced he is removing his name from the 2016 ballot, thus ending a 14-year career in the Kansas House when his term ends. On KVOE's 8:05 am newscast Monday, Hill said it's time for a change.

 

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Hill was currently unopposed. Lyon County Republican Party Vice chair Vi Heskett says this is an important election coming up.

 

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Lyon County Democrats are also looking to put somebody on the ballot, according to Executive Committee chair Susan Fowler.

 

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An increasingly sharp critic of the state's direction under Gov. Sam Brownback, Hill said frustration with the current state direction was not a key reason in his decision to retire -- but he also said a long-term transformation is needed for the state to get back on track.

 

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Hill's decision to run for re-election in November was followed a week later by a decision from House leadership to reshuffle his committee assignments, taking him off the Appropriations and Health and Human Services committees, returning him to the Pensions Committee and placing him on the Elections Committee for the first time.

 

17th District Sen. Jeff Longbine called Hill a champion for education, transportation and health care. He also said Hill has been helpful for incoming lawmakers, including himself when he joined the Senate.

 

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Hill says Kansas has fallen behind the nation and other states regionally, but he says Emporia and Lyon County are going well with new levels of success seen at the government, education, health care and private business levels.

 

Hill says he plans to use his policy expertise to advocate for expanded health care access and sound fiscal policy. He also plans to be active in the community and continue his work at the Emporia Medicine Shoppe pharmacy. Hill thanked his constituents and colleagues, saying he was grateful for the opportunity to serve the area.

 

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7:50 am Monday: Hill retiring from Kansas House

 

Back in November, Don Hill said he was ready for a re-election bid. Things have changed in the interim, however, and Hill has announced he is removing his name from the 2016 ballot.

 

In a news release, Hill says he is retiring after the legislative session ends, meaning he will cap his legislative career after seven terms in the House next week. He was currently running unopposed.

 

An increasingly sharp critic of the state's direction under Gov. Sam Brownback, Hill says much was accomplished in his first decade in the House but that was undermined over the past four years. Hill says Kansas has fallen behind the nation and other states regionally, but he says Emporia and Lyon County are going well with new levels of success seen at the government, education, health care and private business levels.

 

Hill says he plans to use his policy expertise to advocate for expanded health care access and sound fiscal policy. He also plans to be active in the community and continue his work at the Emporia Medicine Shoppe pharmacy. Hill thanked his constituents and colleagues, saying he was grateful for the opportunity to serve the area.

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