- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A top Republican in the Kansas House has appointed two veterans of state government and conservative politics to key staff positions.

Incoming House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins said B.J. Harden and Moriah Day will serve as his chief of staff and communications director. Hawkins is a Wichita Republican who will take over as majority leader Jan. 14.

Harden is a deputy transportation secretary who also worked in the state treasurer’s and secretary of state’s offices. He also held several positions with former Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick, who led the chamber from 2013 through 2016.

Day is an associate for the GOP consulting firm Singularis Group and the chairman of the Kansas Rifle Association’s political action committee. He also worked previously in the secretary of state’s office.

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