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Kansas House Speaker O’Neal retires as legislature ends

June 1, 2012


— Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal is retiring from office.

Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, announced his retirement from the legislature on June 1, 2012.

Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, announced his retirement from the legislature on June 1, 2012.

O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, announced his retirement Friday as legislators gathered for the legislature's formal end. He was first elected in 1984.

The House and Senate adjourned the regular session May 20.

This year's regular session produced changes in Kansas tax policies and the pension program for state workers.

But the Legislature failed to carry out one of the year's major tasks — drawing new boundaries for districts of the Kansas House and Senate, the State Board of Education and the four congressional districts.

The job of drawing new maps is now in the hands of a three-judge federal panel in Kansas City, Kan., which concluded on Wednesday.


jayhawks911 5 years, 10 months ago

The only more positive thing that could have happened this year is if Brownback had resigned. Kansas should celebrate this retirement.

Tracy Rogers 5 years, 10 months ago

THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!

At least something good came out of this legislation.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 10 months ago

Don't let the door hit ya.... I do wonder how much of a KPERS check he'll be getting.

Lacy Mohler 5 years, 10 months ago

Why not retire? He can draw his KPERS and go back to his law firm tax free courtesy of Sam. Probably going to get some Koch bros. work sitting up some LLC's.

LeRoyMercer 5 years, 10 months ago

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tomatogrower 5 years, 10 months ago

And his KPERS will probably come to more than a teacher's KPERS. They only get KPERS from working the nine months. He works a few months, but gets to count the whole year. Really sad. Read about this little perk.

Frank A Janzen 5 years, 10 months ago

But...who will take his place? Could be someone worse.

Tracy Rogers 5 years, 10 months ago

Highly doubtful. The only one that could be worse is sitting in the Governor's mansion.

hyperinflate 5 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Jesus. 'Bout time you did something for me for a change.

Bobby Burch 5 years, 10 months ago

Great news!!! O'Neil disgraced our state and his own religion when he publicly prayed for the Pres. Obama's "children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." Hope he crawls into a hole for the rest of his miserable life.

blindrabbit 5 years, 10 months ago

The old Kansas connection to Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz applies here to another Kansan. In the case of Speaker Mike O'Neal retirement, the song "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" certaintly has some significance to how the State of Kansas opperates and portrays itself to the rest of the world Probably will see him selling some Koch-A-Kolas on a streetcorner in Wichita..

question4u 5 years, 10 months ago

Knowing about the damage that O'Neal inflicted on the state it's hard to celebrate very much. His legacy will, unfortunately, live on for many years to come. He got what he had wanted for so long. His personal wealth will increase at the expense of education, public safety, and state highways. When the consequences of his recklessness take effect, though, he will out of the spotlight. You can't plan it any better than that.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

Reportedly he was too liberal and had been targeted the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Look for a Brownback RINO which will be supported by the RINO Chamber of Commerce.

These C of C's have become right wing RINO PAC's. Hopefully none are receiving tax dollars for any reason.

If they are taxpayers should demand NO MORE TAX DOLLARS to any Chamber of Commerce!

They can't separate politics from business and they have no respect for tax dollars!

Flap Doodle 5 years, 10 months ago

How can somebody who is to the left of Lenin claim to know who is a real Republican? Hmmmmmmm. (from a source)

Linda Endicott 5 years, 10 months ago

You know, the snide comments you ALWAYS make about Merrill's posts are far more annoying to me than Merrill's posts could ever be...

Find another hobby, please...

dabbindan 5 years, 10 months ago

fearthefog, to think i just accepted o'neal's "days in office" claim without checking the context myself. i can't understand how it just blew over and now i'm all pissed again. so long you jerk!

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 10 months ago

Why do these people try to look like statesmen and only come off looking smug? Brownback does the same thing.

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