Mosier takes KDHE job; departure from House seat appears imminent

By The Mercury

Freshman State Rep. Susan Mosier, R-Manhattan appeared poised to resign her 67th district seat in the Kansas House Thursday in order to accept a position with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Robert Moser, secretary for the KDHE, announced Mosier’s appointment as director of Medicaid Services, where she will begin work March 1. Mosier will fill a vacancy left by the departure of Barbara Langner on Dec. 31.

Mosier was unavailable for comment Thursday, but the full-time nature of the appointment made it appear inevitable that she would have to resign her House seat by March 1, if not sooner. Other sources reported that they considered that resignation “imminent,” probably by early next week. The 2012 legislative session convenes next week in Topeka, with Mosier and Democratic State Rep. Sydney Carlin the city’s two representatives in the House.

Mosier won election to that seat in 2010, ousting incumbent Democrat Tom Hawk. The 67th district essentially consists of the southern and western portion of Manhattan as well as adjacent rural areas.

“Susan’s capacity for leading sizable, critical financial systems, paired with her medical background, will greatly benefit the State of Kansas,” Moser said in the press release. “I believe she is a great fit for Kansas Medicaid and will serve the consumers well as we further develop and implement KanCare.”

County Republican Party officials were awaiting confirmation of Mosier’s intentions with respect to her legislative seat.  Lee Modesitt, vice chair or the Riley County Republicans, said he heard the rumor about the resignation, but it had not been confirmed. Modesitt said if Mosier resigns her seat, party committeepersons from each precinct in the 67th district would convene within 21 days to appoint someone to finish her term.

“Basically, what would happen is the precinct members of her district would get together in a convention style and elect someone to her seat,” Modesitt said.

He added that the details of such are process are still on hold, in part due to the fact that Mosier had not yet submitted a resignation.

Mosier has maintained a local ophthalmology practice here for several years.  She has a Doctorate of Medicine from University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Before practicing medicine, she managed business and accounting systems for American Airlines and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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