Judge whose political tweets sank his nomination for higher court to step down from bench

A Kansas trial-court judge whose past political tweets sank his nomination for a higher court has announced that he will step down from the bench early next year.

Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack said Friday that he will retire January 2nd and take a job as a regional director for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Governor Laura Kelly nominated Jack in March to fill a Kansas Court of Appeals vacancy, but his nomination was doomed in the Republican-controlled Senate within days when tweets from Jack in 2017 surfaced.  The tweets criticized President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

The Senate later voted 38-0 against Jack’s confirmation, forcing Kelly to nominate another candidate.

Jack has been a district judge since 2005 and previously served in the Kansas House as a Republican.

Copyright © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.