State Senator Mark Taddiken unexpectedly announced his retirement after serving in the Kansas Senate since 2000 representing the 21st Senate District. The rural Clifton Republican announced his withdrawal from a re-election campaign Friday as lawmakers gathered in Topeka for the formal end of the 2012 legislative session.
Taddiken told lawmakers he planned to spend more time to his family and farming operation. Taddiken then announced he is endorsing state Representative Elaine Bowers, a Concordia Republican, to succeed him. On Friday Bowers announced her plan to run for Taddiken’s seat. During her announcement Bowers thanked Taddiken for his service. Bowers said Taddiken has been a dedicated, hardworking advocate for rural interests throughout his 12 years in the senate.
For Bowers to qualify as a candidate, Cloud County must remain within the 21st Senate
District. The state district map is expected to be finalized by a panel of three federal judges in the next two weeks, before the June 11th filing deadline. Currently, Nemaha and Marshall Counties are included in the 21st Senate District.