- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has confirmed two of Gov. Sam Brownback’s major appointments.

The Senate is controlled by Republicans and had been expected before Thursday’s votes to approve the GOP governor’s choices for Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary and Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent.

The Senate voted 33-4 to approve the appointment of Susan Mosier as KDHE secretary. The votes against her came from Democrats.

Mosier has been serving as KDHE’s top administrator since the resignation of then-Secretary Robert Moser at the end of November. She previously ran KDHE’s Division of Health Care Finance.

The vote was 40-0 to confirm Maj. Mark Bruce as patrol superintendent.

Bruce is a 25-year patrol veteran elevated by Brownback to its top job in January after Superintendent Ernest Garcia retired.

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