Gov. Laura Kelly submits new appointee for Kansas Court of Appeals

Published: May. 14, 2019 at 3:19 PM CDT
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Gov. Laura Kelly formally submitted to the Senate the appointment of Sarah Warner, of Lenexa, to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

“Sarah Warner is one of the brightest legal minds in our state and she has devoted much of her career to tackling the difficult legal issues that any Court of Appeals judge must be ready to address,” Kelly said. “I look forward to the Senate’s consideration of her appointment.”

Once confirmed, Warner will fill the Court of Appeals vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Patrick McAnany on January 14, 2019.

Kelly's office announced the appointment following the Senate's rejection of her first nominee for the state's second-highest court, Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack

The Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday, 38-0, against confirming Jack, whose political tweets offended lawmakers.

Democrat Laura Kelly became the first Kansas governor to have an appeals court nominee rejected. Yet the Republican-controlled Senate's vote also allowed Kelly to name a second nominee.

Kelly herself had urged senators to reject Jack after trying to withdraw his nomination in March. The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that a 2013 law didn't allow her to withdraw Jack's nomination. That forced Tuesday's vote to keep Jack off the appeals court.

Jack's nomination was doomed by tweets in 2017 that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

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