A former Republican state senator from Lawrence is heading back to Topeka - as a Democratic governor's choice for a seat on the Kansas Banking Board.
Wint Winter Jr., chief executive officer and president of Lawrence-based Peoples Bank, this month was appointed to a three-year term on the board by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. He succeeds Nancy A. Taylor, of Cornerstone Bank in Overland Park.
The board is charged with promoting competitiveness, financial stability, sound banking practices, protection of Kansas consumers and public confidence in the state-chartered banking industry.
"I'm proud to serve the citizens of Kansas as a member of the state banking board," Winter said. "I deeply appreciate the faith and trust placed in me by Gov. Sebelius."
Winter represented Lawrence from 1982 to 1992 in the Kansas Senate.
Today Winter leads a financial company with nine branches in northeast Kansas - including two in Lawrence - and five in Albuquerque, Taos and Red River, N.M. Peoples has plans for a new branch at 31st and Iowa streets.