Long wait for ambitious pols in Kansas

When Roll Call peered into the future of Kansas congressional races, it found few opportunities for promotion, in part because the state saw so much turnover in 2010. Who might be ready to move whenever Gov. Sam Brownback and Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran exit their offices? Roll Call listed Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and state Sens. Terry Bruce, Jeff King and Garrett Love as prime GOP choices. And Roll Call said “local Republicans have quietly speculated” that Reps. Mike Pompeo and Lynn Jenkins could draw primary challenges, with Wichita state Reps. Gene Suellentrop and Mark Hutton mentioned as possible candidates in Pompeo’s case. For the Democrats, Roll Call said, “operatives named state House Minority Leader Paul Davis, former Senate nominee Jill Docking, former Kansas City (Kan.) Mayor Joe Reardon and Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor as viable candidates for federal office,” adding that “Democrats do not expect an imminent resurgence in the state.” The average age of the four Kansas members of the House is a comparatively young 45.