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Democratic Kansas House Member From Wichita Stepping Down

Kansas Legislature

A Democratic member of the Kansas House from Wichita plans to resign so that she can spend more time with her grandchildren.

Rep. Carolyn Bridges announced her plans Tuesday. She said she will step down Sunday.

Bridges said she's come to realize that acquiring the knowledge necessary to be an effective legislator takes a number of years. She said she wants to spend her retirement years babysitting her grandchildren and pursuing other opportunities.

She is an education consultant and rental property owner who was first elected to the House in the 83rd District in southeast Wichita in 2012 and re-elected last year. She serves on the Education and Taxation committees and is the ranking Democrat on the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee.