Senate confirms Kelly’s nomination for Court of Appeals judge

The Kansas Senate has confirmed Governor Laura Kelly’s nomination of a Kansas City-area attorney to the state’s second-highest court.

The vote Wednesday was 37-1 for Sarah Warner of Lenexa to be Court of Appeals judge.

The governor submitted Warner’s name to the Republican-controlled Senate after it rejected Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack’s nomination over his political tweets in 2017.  Kelly tried to withdraw Jack’s nomination in March and touched off a legal battle.  The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Kelly could not legally withdraw the nomination.

Warner is a partner in a Lawrence law firm that has defended state abortion restrictions.  Kelly supports abortion rights.

The only no vote came from independent Senator John Doll of Garden City.  He has been protesting a lack of appointees from western Kansas.

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