Kansas Senate President getting new chief of staff

? Kansas Senate President Steve Morris will be getting a new chief of staff next month.

The Hugoton Republican says Joshua Lewis will replace Michael White as his top aide on Aug. 15.

White is leaving to become manager of state governmental affairs for ITC Great Plains, an electric transmission company. White will oversee the company’s lobbying in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Lewis served this year as chief of staff to Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Carolyn McGinn. But he recently joined the Senate president’s staff to help with work on redistricting issues.

Lewis also is a former staffer for Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.