Sen. John Doll renewed criticism Friday of appointments made by Gov. Laura Kelly that exclude representation from western Kansas.
The Senate approved the governor's selection of Delia Garcia, a former legislator from Wichita, as labor secretary, as well as Susan Duffy, general manager of the Topeka Metro Transit Authority, to a seat on the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Doll, an independent from Garden City, stood in lone opposition as he has done with nearly all of Kelly's appointments.
"When I stand in this beautiful chamber, I am standing closer to five state capitals than I am my home," Doll said. "Western Kansas people are very proud people. Not one appointment thus far resides west of Wichita."
To punctuate his point, Doll said the drive from Elkhart in Morton County, one of 10 counties in his district, to Wichita takes more than four hours.
"I think it's a travesty, an absolute travesty, that our administration has not chosen anyone in western Kansas," Doll said.
Garcia served in the Kansas House from 2005 to 2011. Before her appointment in January, Garcia was CEO of ReflectUS, which works to increase the number of women and minorities in public office.
Duffy was executive director of the KCC from 2003 to 2011 and oversaw Topeka's transit system for the past six years.
"I am excited at the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Kansas in this capacity," Duffy said.