State Senate confirms new regents, other appointees

AP) — The Kansas Senate has confirmed three state Board of Regents members and other appointments by Gov. Sam Brownback.

 Shane Bangerter

Shane Bangerter

Senate action Wednesday means that Shane Bangerter of Dodge City, Helen Van Etten of Topeka and Ann Murguia of Kansas City, Kan., can continue serving as regents overseeing the higher education system.

The votes were 35-5 for Bangerter and 37-3 for Van Etten and Murguia.

Brownback named them as regents in June, and a Senate committee gave them permission to start serving on the board. Had senators rejected their appointments, they’d have had to step down.

The Senate also confirmed Secretary of Administration Jim Clark and Securities Commissioner Josh Ney.

The votes were 40-0 for Clark and 37-2 for Ney.