Gov. Sam Brownback announced this morning the appointment of Sen. Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, to the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Emler would replace Mark Sievers, who announced his resignation Dec. 9.
Emler represents the Senate's 35th district, which covers McPherson County.
Rep. Clark Shultz, R-McPherson, who represents house District 74, said he would assume the Senate seat if it was the will of the local Republican committee.
Shultz has served in the Kansas legislature since 1997 and has been a long-time chairman of the Insurance Committee.
Although Shultz, a title insurance agent, has not made a formal announcement or formally filed for the position, he filed paperwork last year for a treasurer for a run for insurance commissioner.
Sandy Praeger, the current insurance commissioner, has announced she will not run for re-election.
Shultz said he has been attending forums and fundraising events and plans to formally announced his candidacy for insurance commissioner later this month.
He said if he is appointed to the Senate seat, he will continue to pursue election as insurance commissioner.
Other Republican candidates for insurance commissioner include Beverly Gossage of Eudora, David Powell of El Dorado and Ken Selzer of Leawood.
Shultz was caught up in a redistricting shuffle in 2012. He lived in Lindsborg, but when the redistricting lines were redrawn, he was forced to move his legal residence to an apartment in McPherson.
If Shultz is appointed to the Senate seat, the local Republican Committee will appoint a replacement to House.