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Kansas House Speaker hires state chamber lobbyist

December 6, 2010

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— House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, has hired a new chief of staff from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

Rachelle Colombo, who has been lobbying the Legislature for the Kansas Chamber, will replace Brent Haden, who is leaving to open a law office in Columbia, Mo.

Colombo has worked for former House Speaker Doug Mays, R-Topeka, former House Majority Leader Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, and on Republican Tim Shallenburger's unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2002.

Kent Beisner, Kansas Chamber president and chief executive officer, said Colombo will be missed but added, “we look forward to a continued working relationship with her in the Speaker's office as we collaborate to make Kansas the best state in the nation in which to do business.”

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

“we look forward to a continued working relationship with her in the Speaker's office as we collaborate to make Kansas the best state in the nation in which to do business.”

Translation-- we expect to get extraordinary access to the Speaker's office, while ordinary people get shut out.

Centerville 4 years, 6 months ago

Good hire. Rachelle will be excellent. Knows the ropes. Very sweet and fun person who isn't cowed by whiners.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

"who isn't cowed by whiners."

Translation-- she does and says only what she's paid to do.

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