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Republican LaTurner won’t seek reelection to Kansas House seat

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Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-Kan.) announced Thursday he’ll finish his current term in the House but won’t run for reelection this fall.

“The busy schedule of serving in and running for Congress has taken a toll,” he said in a statement. “The unrepeatable season of life we are in, where our kids are still young and at home, is something I want to be more present for.”

He called the current congressional dysfunction “distressing” but added “the vast majority of people I have served with are good and trying to do the right thing.” He got to Congress in 2021 after toppling scandal-plagued former Rep. Steve Watkins (R-Kan.)