Kansas Senate to consider confirmation of Brownback's nominee to Court of Appeals

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TOPEKA, Kansas — The Kansas Senate is set to consider Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee to the Court of Appeals.

The full Senate will vote on appointee Kathryn Gardner Tuesday. Gardner has served as the law clerk for U.S. District Judge Sam Crow since 2000 after spending 12 years as a practicing lawyer in Wichita and two years as an assistant state attorney general.

Gardner faced tough questioning from Republican Sen. Jeff King of Independence during hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But the panel voted unanimously Thursday to recommend her confirmation in the Senate.

King expressed concerns that her background made it difficult to discern her legal philosophy.

Gardner said in the hearings that she believes in judges should rule according to existing law rather than using their judgments to force policy changes.

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