Kansas Rep. Bob Montgomery steps down

Kansas Rep. Bob Montgomery says he has resigned.

The 64-year old Republican says he decided to leave the Legislature after a family meeting over the weekend. The resignation takes effect Dec. 31.

Montgomery represents the 15th House district in Kansas, comprised mostly of southwest Olathe.

“It was painful for me as I love the legislature and the many serious liberty challenges facing this country that are so important to our children,” he said in an email to friends.

Montgomery announced plans to leave the Legislature a year ago, shortly after he was elected, but was talked into staying by fellow Republicans.

He began serving in the Legislature in 2011.

Republican committeemen and women from the 15th district will select Montgomery’s replacement. Johnson County GOP Chairman Ronnie Metsker said he didn’t know when he would call a convention for that purpose, but it will probably take place in late December or early January.

The convention will forward its nominee to Gov. Sam Brownback, who must then officially appoint the convention’s choice.