Phillips spends day getting to know power brokers

By Paul Harris

TOPEKA — State Rep.-designate Tom Phillips, who will replace Susan Mosier as representative of the 67th District, spent Wednesday morning getting to know his future co-workers.

Phillips met with Speaker of the House Mike O’Neal around 9:30 a.m. in the Speaker’s office on the floor of the House. O’Neal’s receptionist, Rita Mailen, said Phillips and the Speaker spent the time getting acquainted. Grist said Phillips is spending the remainder of the day with Mosier, who will introduce him to other House members.

Phillips is a former mayor of Manhattan who was chosen by a caucus of precinct committeepersons Monday to succeed Mosier, who resigned effective Wednesday to accept a job with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Gov. Sam Brownback has seven days to formally ratify the appointment. When he does, it is presumed that Phillips will be immediately sworn in and take his seat.

State Rep. Sydney Carlin, a Democrat who also represents a Manhattan-based district, was expected to meet with Phillips either today or in the next few days. Phillips called Carlin soon after he was elected. Carlin said Phillips is “a gentleman and well-connected with the people of Manhattan.”

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