The Johnson County Republican Party issued the following release last week announcing it had selected Dr. Abraham Rafie of Overland Park to replace Rep. Marvin Kleeb in the House. Kleeb announced this month he would resign essentially as the 2017 gets under way to spend more time with his new wife. The party’s release is below.
Dr. Abraham Rafie, an Overland Park radiologist, was selected by the precinct committeemen and committeewomen of the 48th House District last night to succeed four-term Rep. Marvin Kleeb, R-Overland Park, who resigned his House seat, effective in January.
“I would like to thank Marvin Kleeb for the years of service he dedicated to Johnson County and the state of Kansas. We wish him well on this next chapter in his life hope he will continue to find ways to serve,” said Mike Jones, Chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party. “He has shown his selflessness throughout his service and we appreciate him sharing his leadership abilities during his representation of the 48th House District.”From our sponsors
“This district will continue to be well represented by Dr. Rafie, and I know he will be approachable and available to those he’s been elected to represent. Johnson County is very fortunate to have someone of his caliber serving and the Kansas House will benefit from his expertise as they deal with the many complicated issues that lie ahead,” said Jones.
Rafie was elected 15 to 3 over Doug Westerhaus. Liam Elder was also nominated in the contest for the 48th District House seat, but withdrew.
All 18 votes from the House District 48 were cast, with 11 in person and seven by proxy.
“I am humbled by the honor to serve District 48 in Topeka. I will commit myself enthusiastically to the work ahead and hope to represent our district and wonderful state honorably. Kansas does face a budget challenge however I believe this presents an opportunity as well,” said Dr Rafie. “I would very much appreciate your prayers, support, and input during the upcoming legislative session. Thank you.”
Kleeb, who chaired the House Tax Committee, has chosen to not serve out his new term. Rafie is expected to be sworn in on January 10, 2017.