The Brownback transition team is moving quickly to make sure that they are ready to hit the ground running on January 10th.
Tim Shallenburger was appointed to be the governor's liaison to the Kansas Legislature. Shallenburger brings a long history of legislative experience to the role. He served in the house from 1986 through 1998 and served one term as Kansas state Treasurer before runing unsuccessfully for Governor against Kathleen Sebelius in 2002. The Baxter Springs resident has remained active in GOP politics serving as Republican Party chairman in 2005 and 2006.
Landon Fulmer of Lawrence was appointed as policy director in the Governor's office. Fulmer has worked with Senator Brownback since 2003; most recently as legistative director in Brownback's Washington DC office. According to Brownback, Fulmer played a key role in securing the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility for Kansas.
With these appointments, Governor-Elect Brownback is surrounding himself with trusted allies with a great deal of legislative experience. This experience is going to be tested early as the new adminsitration is faced with stagnant revenues and continued budget pressure.