- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has confirmed Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s secretary for aging and disability services and three of his appointees to the state Board of Regents.

The votes Wednesday all were 40-0.

Kari Bruffett has been interim secretary at the Department for Aging and Disability Services since May. She replaced Shawn Sullivan, who became Brownback’s budget director.

The Board of Regents oversees the state’s higher education system. The Senate confirmed appointments made by Brownback in August that included former Democratic state Rep. Bill Feuerborn of Garnett.

The other two new regents are Goodland lawyer Joseph Bain and Sedan city attorney Zoe Forrester Newton.

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