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Wichita Legislator To Lead Kansas Catholic Conference

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A Wichita legislator who is not running for re-election will become the next executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference.

The state's four Catholic bishops on Monday announced the appointment of state Rep. Chuck Weber, a Republican. Weber plans to take over the job July 15. He will give up his Kansas House seat that day rather than when his two-year term expires in early January.

The conference is the church's public policy arm in Kansas and represents the bishops at the Statehouse.

Weber will replace Michael Schuttloffel, who is stepping down after 10 years.

Weber is a former Wichita television journalist who writes and produces short films. He has served in the House since January 2016, representing District 85. The district includes parts of Wichita, Kechi and Bel Aire in Sedgwick County and the Benton area in Butler County.