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Olathe Rep. Megan Lynn to step away from Legislature after term

By: - May 10, 2022 2:04 pm

Rep. Megan Lynn, R-Olathe, will not seek reelection to the Kansas Legislature. She will serve the rest of her term ending in January 2023. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Rep. Megan Lynn announced Tuesday she is not seeking reelection to represent Kansas’ 49th House District.

Lynn, an Olathe Republican, was elected to represent the district in 2018 and won reelection in 2020. In a statement, she said her post-Legislature plans include working for Kansas attorney general Derek Schmidt’s gubernatorial campaign.

Lynn also said she plans to continue to work for and with her community in some way.

“I have always taught my children that they should use their gifts to make life better for others,” Lynn said. “While I am not seeking elective office, I am not done trying to model what I teach them, and that will include public service of some kind.”

Lynn will serve the rest of her term, which ends in January 2023.

In the House legislative redistricting process, Lynn was drawn into a district with House Speaker Ron Ryckman. Ryckman, who has spent three terms as speaker, is rumored to be considering not seeking another term.

Lynn served on the House Health and Human Services and Financial Institutions and Rural Development committees. She also worked on the Special Committee on Kansas Mental Health Modernization and Reform and the Bob Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight outside of the legislative session.

The Olathe legislator was a strong advocate for protecting child victims of sexual abuse and education. Drawing on deeply personal experience as a child victim of sexual assault, Lynn sponsored and helped pass a law to increase the criminal penalties for stalking a minor.

She also touted her efforts to make improvements to the state’s mental health system.

“Some of my proudest moments in the Legislature occurred when we all pulled together to help those who struggle with mental illness, to shine a light into that darkness and give Kansans hope and a path forward,” Lynn said.

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Noah Taborda
Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.