DERBY, Kan. – Residents of southeast Sedgwick County and part of Sumner County will have new representation in the Kansas House of Representatives next month.
Earlier in May, Rep. Pete DeGraaf announced his retirement from the Kansas House of Representatives effective June 1, 2017, due to health reasons. That resignation triggered the official process to replace DeGraaf.
Republican Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen met Thursday, May 25, at the Deby Public Library to select DeGraaf’s replacement. Republican candidate Jesse Burris was the sole nominee and was unanimously elected by acclamation.
Burris previously served in the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office and is an Air Force veteran. He and his wife Anneke have one daughter, Elinor.
“Burris will serve the people of southeast Sedgwick County and northeast Sumner County well,” said Tonya Buckingham, chair of the Sedgwick County Republican Party. “I look forward to seeing him fight for limited government in Topeka and to address the challenges our state faces.”
DeGraaf has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2008 representing District 82, which includes part of Derby and Mulvane.
“I deeply appreciate Pete’s service to our state,” said Buckingham. “Pete is truly a servant leader and really cares for the people of his district. The decision for him to resign was not made lightly. Our prayers are with him and his wife and we hope he enjoys the slower pace of being on the farm.”
DeGraaf will continue serving through Wednesday of next week.
Concerning DeGraaf’s years of service, Buckingham said, “I know I speak for more than just myself when I say, ‘Thank you.'”