Rep. Dale Swenson, Wichita, announced today he is registering as a Democrat in the Sedgwick County Election Office.

"After serving as a Republican in the Kansas House for 14 years, it was not easy for me to change parties," said Swenson.  "With so many Kansans out of work and unable to afford quality healthcare, however, it's time to really focus on finding solutions to the critical problems we face.  The finger pointing and name calling we've seen from House Republicans in recent years does not benefit District 97 or Kansas." 

After working for Boeing for 20 years, Swenson retired in 2005.  He was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1994.  His wife, Roberta, works as a schoolteacher in Wichita.  They have two grown children.

"Throughout his tenure, Dale has demonstrated commitment to the people of Kansas as he has worked across the aisle to move our state forward," said House Minority Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence.  "I have a tremendous amount of respect for his bipartisan approach to public policy and I am honored that Dale has decided to join our team.  Our caucus welcomes him with open arms."

Democrats now hold 49 seats in the Kansas House.  Swenson represents the 97th House District, which includes southwest Wichita.

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