Kansas House speaker’s father sworn in as new state senator

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr.’s father is now serving in the Kansas Senate. Republican Sen. Ron Ryckman Sr. of Meade took his oath of office during the Senate’s brief Senate session as family members watched, including the House speaker.

The elder Ryckman also served in the House from 2011 through 2016, when he decided not to seek reelection. He and his son served together in the House for four years, starting in 2013.

The younger Ryckman grew up in western Kansas but lives in Olathe.

The elder Ryckman replaces the late Republican Sen. Bud Estes of Dodge City, who died last month.

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