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Kansas swears in new state treasurer, lieutenant governor

January 4, 2021 GMT
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Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers is named as the next state treasurer of Kansas by Gov. Laura Kelly during a news conference at the Statehouse, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
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Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers is named as the next state treasurer of Kansas by Gov. Laura Kelly during a news conference at the Statehouse, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lynn Rogers was sworn in Monday as Kansas state treasurer, and David Toland took the oath of office to replace Rogers as lieutenant governor.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly had separate, brief ceremonies for both officials at the Statehouse. She appointed them to their new posts last month.

Rogers replaced former State Treasurer Jake LaTurner, a Republican who stepped down after winning an eastern Kansas seat in Congress in November. Rogers is a former state senator who was elected lieutenant governor on Kelly’s ticket in 2018.

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Toland has been serving as Kelly’s commerce secretary since she took office in January 2019, and he will keep that job in addition to serving as lieutenant governor.

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen administered the oath to Rogers. Toland took his oath from Allen County District Judge Daniel Creitz, from Toland’s hometown of Iola.