This afternoon Rep. Don Navinsky, Easton, was sworn into office to represent the 40th District of the Kansas House of Representatives.  Navinsky replaces Melanie Meier, Leavenworth, who resigned the post last week after she was called to active duty in Iraq.

"I am excited to join the Kansas House," said Navinsky.  "I look forward to representing the people of District 40 while Melanie is serving our country overseas."   Navinsky is a lifelong Kansan is a third generation farmer on the family farm.  He served as a Leavenworth County Commissioner for 12 years and chose not to seek re-election in 2007.  Navinsky also served on the U.S.D. 449 school board for 8 years.  He and his wife, Shirley, reside in Easton and have three grown children. 

"We are pleased to have Don filling in for Melanie this year," said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence.  "I am confident he will do all he can to make sure the people of District 40 continue to receive quality representation while Melanie completes her tour of duty in Iraq."

After Meier's resignation, precinct committee members selected Navinsky to replace her at a vote of 5-1.  Navinsky has publicly declared his intention to relinquish the seat upon Meier's return next January.

The 40th House District covers portions of Leavenworth, Lansing, Fort Leavenworth, all of northern Leavenworth County and part of Walnut township in Atchison County. Navinsky will assume Meier's original committee appointments, including the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, the Veterans, Military Affairs & Homeland Security Committee and the Vision 2020 Committee.

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