Wichita businessman Wink Hartman will be Kris Kobach's running mate in Kobach's campaign for governor.
Kobach formally announced Hartman's selection Wednesday as he kicked off a four-city bus tour in Topeka. As lieutenant governor, Hartman would function like a corporate chief operating officer and audit state agencies, Kobach said.
Hartman dropped out of the governor's race last month and immediately endorsed Kobach, leading to speculation he would join his campaign.
Hartman owns several oil industry companies, Hartman Arena and is a partner in the Jimmy's Egg restaurants.
Kobach is competing for the Republican nomination against Gov. Jeff Colyer, former state Sen. Jim Barnett and Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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