TOPEKA – Rep. Jason Watkins is stepping down from his seat in the state House of Representatives, he said Thursday.
The 37-year-old Wichita Republican has held the position since 2004 and his resignation will be effective Dec. 13.
In a statement Watkins, who is a contractor and owns the brokerage Watkins and Associates, cited the growing time demands of the elected position.
“Over the last few months it has become a challenge to fulfill the duties of my office and provide for my family,” he said in a written statement. “The citizens of Kansas deserve a Representative who can devote the necessary time to the job and my family deserves a husband and father who can be a full-time provider.”
During his time in office, Watkins has risen quickly through the ranks and last year became the vice-chair of the House Appropriations Committee. He also sits on the House Judiciary Committee, chairs the General Budget Committee, and is on the joint committees on Legislative Budget and State Building Construction.
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ADDITIONAL: FYI – Lawmakers are paid $88.66 each day they serve in their elected capacity. They also receive a $109 per diem to cover expenses. So during a typical 90-day session a lawmaker will pull in $17,789.40.
Due to his position on the House Appropriations Committee, which has met several times since the session ended in May, Watkins’ annual take home will be higher, but it would be at the same rate.