Kansas Senate confirms Kelly nominee to Court of Appeals

May 29, 2019 - 7:43 pm

The Kansas Senate has confirmed Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a Kansas City-area attorney to the state's second-highest court.

The vote Wednesday was 37-1 for Sarah Warner of Lenexa to be Court of Appeals judge.

The governor submitted Warner's name to the Senate after it rejected Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack's nomination over his political tweets in 2017.

Kelly tried to withdraw Jack's nomination in March and touched off a legal battle. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Kelly could not legally withdraw the nomination.

Warner is a partner in a Lawrence law firm that has defended state abortion restrictions. Kelly supports abortion rights.

The only no vote came from independent Sen. John Doll of Garden City. He has been protesting a lack of appointees from western Kansas.

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