Kansas Senate president's chief of staff stepping down to take job managing firm's lobbying

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TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle's top aide is leaving to take a new job managing an electric transmission company's lobbying efforts.

Wagle's office announced Thursday that Ryan Gilliland will step down Sept. 21. He has been the Wichita Republican's chief of staff since fellow GOP senators selected her as president in December 2012.

Gilliland will become manager of state government affairs for ITC Great Plains. The company constructs, owns and operates electric transmission lines in eight states, including Kansas.

He also worked as an aide to three different House GOP leaders in the five years before he became Wagle's chief of staff. Gilliland also worked for Republican Sam Brownback when he served in the U.S. Senate before his election as governor in 2010.

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