- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A prominent Kansas legislator is giving up his House seat next month because he’s getting remarried.

Republican Rep. Marvin Kleeb of Overland Park said Wednesday that continuing as a legislator would force him to spend too much time away from his new spouse.

Kleeb has been the House Taxation Committee’s chairman and was a leading candidate for chairman of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee. Current Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe is set to become House speaker next month.

Kleeb is marrying again on Dec. 23. His first wife, Nancy, died of cancer three years ago.

Kleeb was first elected to the House in 2008 and was re-elected last month in his Kansas City-area district with 58 percent of the vote.

Republicans in the district will name a replacement.

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