Kansas Democrats in the 116th House District elected farmer and civic leader Pat Maloney (D-Kingman) to succeed former Rep. Dennis McKinney (D-Greensburg) as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives.

"I have deep roots in south central Kansas and look forward to bringing the common sense values our district to Topeka," said Maloney. "I'm eager to get started working with both Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature to tackle the budget issues facing our state."

A lifelong Kansan, Maloney has worked as a farmer and rancher on his family farms in Harper, Kingman and Reno counties since 1964. He has served as a member of the school board, hospital board, Farm Bureau board and Co-op board in Kingman County as well as the Horizons Mental Health Board of Directors. Currently, Maloney serves as a member of the Kansas Agriculture Advisory Board that provides advice and assistance to the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture.

"Pat's background as a farmer and his long history of involvement in his community makes me confident that he'll be a strong voice for rural schools and communities in the Legislature," said McKinney, who resigned the post to become State Treasurer.

Maloney was elected on Jan. 4th by Democratic precinct committee persons from Kingman, Harper, Barber, Comanche and Kiowa counties.  He will be sworn into office on Jan. 12th, when the Kansas Legislature convenes for the 2009 session.

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