New Kansas secretary of state's staff to have familiar faces

Published 01-03-2019

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Secretary of State-elect Scott Schwab has named veterans of the Statehouse and Kansas politics to key senior staff positions.

Schwab announced Wednesday that Catherine Gunsalus will serve as assistant secretary of state and chief of staff once he's sworn in Jan. 14. She has been Schwab's chief of staff as the Olathe Republican has served as Kansas House speaker pro tem for the past two years.

Katie Koupal will be deputy assistant secretary of state for communications and policy. She has been a lobbyist for AT&T and previously held numerous legislative staff positions.

Schwab is retaining Garrett Roe as general counsel and has appointed Clay Barker as deputy general counsel. Barker is a former Kansas Republican Party executive director.

Schwab also is retaining Bryan Caskey as elections director.

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