Kansas Legislator Ed Bideau dies of cerebral aneurysm

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September 11, 2013

Ed Bideau

By Greg Janetka

KANSAS CITY, Kansas: State lawmaker Edwin H. Bideau III (R) passed away in his home on September 5. On Monday, the Kansas State Coroner's Office declared an intracranial cerebral aneurysm as the cause of death.[1]

Bideau had served House District 9 since January of this year, with his term set to expire on January 12, 2015. He previously served two terms in the House during the 1980s, leaving the chamber to further establish his law office.[2]

Governor Sam Brownback (R) and Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer issued a statement, saying:

“We were greatly saddened today to learn of the death of Representative Ed Bideau. Ed was a fifth generation Kansan who was committed to the people of this state, to his family and to his faith. The Lt. Governor and I extend our sincere condolences to his wife Margaret, his children and grandchildren. We offer our prayers to the entire Bideau family and Ed’s many friends.”[3]

In Kansas, the Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the House of Representatives.

The political party committee that last held the vacant seat must call for a convention within 21 days of the vacancy. The convention is designed to select the Governor's appointee and involves all the committeemen and committeewomen that represent the vacant legislative district.[4]

The committeemen and committeewomen present for voting must approve a replacement on a simple majority vote. Once the vote has been conducted, the party committee must send the paperwork certifying the selection to the Governor within 24 hours or the next business day. The Governor has seven days after receiving the paperwork to act on the appointment.[5]

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