Kansas Rep. dies at his home

(AP) — House Speaker Ray Merrick’s office says southeast Kansas Rep. Ed Bideau has died at his home in Chanute a day after the Legislature ended a two-day



special session.

Rachel Witten, spokeswoman for the speaker, says Friday that the 62-year-old Bideau died Thursday. She declined to give a cause of death, citing family privacy.

Funeral services were not available Friday.

Bideau was an attorney in Chanute and was elected to the House in 2012. He previously served in the House from 1985 to 1988 before leaving office to establish his law practice.

According to his official campaign website, Bideau graduated from Chanute High School and Neosho County Community College. He earned business and law degrees from Washburn University in Topeka.

He was elected county attorney in Neosho County in 1976.