GOP Kan. House member wins KC-area Senate seat

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A conservative Republican in the Kansas House has won a new, open Senate seat created by political redistricting.

Rep. Greg Smith of Overland Park won Tuesday's election in the 21st District of Johnson County. He defeated Democrat and retired hospital administrator Juanita Roy of Lenexa.

Smith's desire for higher office was a factor in a nasty battle between GOP factions in the Legislature that prevented it from passing any redistricting legislation. Federal judges redrew political boundaries instead.

Smith is a teacher and former police officer elected to the House in 2010. He and his wife also formed a nonprofit foundation to combat violent crime after one of his daughters was murdered in 2007.

Roy is married to a former Kansas House member whose father was a Kansas congressman.

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