Rep. Mike Kiegerl is returning to Topeka after all. The former legislator represented Gardner and Edgerton for four terms from 2002 to 2012. After his home was redistricted out of the Gardner and Edgerton district, Kiegerl flirted with establishing residency in Gardner and seeking re-election, but did not run. He was successful in having his name removed from the ballot to represent the 122nd District, or the southern portion of Olathe.
The seat went to Rep. Arlen Siegfried, who resigned from the House of Representatives last month after being appointed to the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals.
In a Republican precinct election July 22, Kiegerl was selected to replace Siegfried in the legislature.
Kiegerl, 74, received 20 of 22 Republican precinct committee votes to secure the spot. Two precinct committee members cast votes for Olathe City Council member Jim Randall.
Gov. Sam Brownback announced he will reconvene the 2013 legislature for a special session in September.