Manhattan Democrat to resign from Kansas Senate

Democrat Tom Hawk of Manhattan plans to retire midway through his four-year term in the Kansas Senate. He will step down Jan. 10, one day after the session begins.


State News

December 29, 2022 - 12:35 PM

Manhattan Democrat Sen. Tom Hawk, right, said he would resign from the Senate one day into the 2023 legislative session. Democrats will appoint his replacement. Photo by (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislative YouTube channel)

TOPEKA — Democratic Tom Hawk of Manhattan said Thursday he would retire Jan. 10 midway through his four-year term in the Kansas Senate.

Hawk, 76, is a retired school superintendent and teacher who had a 33-year career in public education. He served three terms in the Kansas House before defeated for reelection in 2010. In 2012, he won the first of three elections for Kansas Senate.

He represents the 22nd District in the Senate that includes Riley, Geary and Clay counties.

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