Kansas Republicans elected Susan Wagle Monday as the new president of the state Senate.
A veteran Wichita Republican, she is the first woman to lead either legislative chamber. Wagle defeated Steve Abrams of Arkansas City.
Johnson County Republican Ray Merrick is the new speaker of the Kansas House. Merrick won on a second ballot Monday over fellow Johnson County representative Arlen Siegfried.
When the session begins in January, Republicans will outnumber Democrats 32-8 in the Senate and 92-33 in the House.