Kansas House member becomes 3rd lawmaker to switch parties

Published 12-19-2018

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas House member has switched to the Democratic Party to become the third moderate suburban Kansas City lawmaker to leave the Republican Party within a week.

Rep. Stephanie Clayton of Overland Park said Wednesday that she believes she can better support public education as a Democrat. Clayton has been an outspoken GOP moderate who was first elected to the House in 2010.

Clayton has been a strong advocate of government transparency measures and an organizer of a bipartisan Women's Caucus.

The GOP's House majority will slip to 84-41.

Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills and Rep. Joy Koesten of Leawood switched to the Democratic Party last week.

Clayton won re-election this year, but Koesten lost her GOP primary and leaves office in January. Bollier's four-year term goes through 2020.

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