Barker appointed to state commission

Rep. John Barker (R-Abilene) has been appointed to the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

Barker will replace Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee) on the commission. Rubin vacated the position earlier this year.

“Rep. Barker is a strong and respected leader in his community and in the House of Representatives,” said Ray Merrick, House speaker. “His vast experience in criminal law and sentencing from his time as a judge of the District Court for over 25 years will be a valuable and important contribution to the commission.”

Barker currently serves as House Judiciary chair. Since 2013, he has represented the 70th House District, which encompasses parts of Marion, Dickinson, and Clay counties.

The Kansas Sentencing Commission is the oversight board for all criminal sentencing related laws and policies.