State Representative John Edmonds, R-Great Bend, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election to the 112th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Edmonds was first elected to the House in 1994 and has served 16 years, in addition to four years as a member of the Barton County Commission.
“Twenty years of service (16 in the House, four on the County Commission) is a longer term than I ever anticipated serving,” Edmonds said. “There have been good years and bad years, and I like to think that I gave my constituents my best efforts, but now it seems to me to be time for someone else to take a turn.”
Edmonds serves on the Pensions and Benefits, and Health and Human Services committees, as well as the Robert G. Bethel Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and Kan Care Oversight and Joint Committee on Pensions, Investments and Benefits. He also serves as chairman of the Taxation Committee.
He has served on the Appropriations Committee in the past.
Edmonds is a certified public accountant. He served in the House from 1995 through 2006 and decided not to seek re-election that year. But he ran again successfully in 2012 and was re-elected following that.
The 112th District falls entirely within Barton County. It includes the cities or Great Bend and Hoisington, as Albion, Buffalo, Eureka, Great Bend, Liberty, North Homestead, South Bend and South Homestead townships.