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Kansas Senator United Methodist

Date 29 May 1996 15:50:46

"UNITED METHODIST DAILY NEWS" by SUSAN PEEK on Aug. 11, 1991 at 13:58 Eastern,

Note 2980 by UMNS on May 29, 1996 at 15:25 Eastern (2479 characters).

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         Nashville, Tenn. (615) 742-5470              May 29, 1996

Kansas' newest senator
active United Methodist

by Kathy Kruger Noble*

     WICHITA, Kans. (UMNS) -- The number of United Methodists in
the U.S. Senate will remain the same when Kansas Republican Lt.
Gov. Sheila Frahm takes her seat in mid June, succeeding Sen. Bob
Dole who has resigned.
     Frahm, 51, is an active member of Colby (Kans.) United
Methodist Church.  Dole is a member of Trinity United Methodist
Church, Russell, Kans.
     The Rev. Terry Turner, pastor of the Colby church, said Frahm
and her family have been "very active, very supportive members of
this church for a long time."  He added that Frahm has often
expressed appreciation for her denomination's diversity.
     "Sheila's one of those people who really analyzes things,"
Turner continued.  "One of the things she appreciates about the
United Methodist Church is how it has struggled with the issues
which confront the nation."
     The senator-designate was to have addressed the Kansas East
Annual Conference in Baldwin May 31.  
     Frahm will be installed as Kansas' newest senator June 7 and
will serve at least until January.  In August, she will face U.S.
Rep. Sam Brownback of Topeka in the primary election to choose the
Republican nominee to fill the final two years of Dole's term. 
Two women are currently seeking to become the Democratic nominee.
     Frahm is a farmer who moved from state to national politics
in about a dozen years.  Voters chose her for the Kansas State
Board of Education in 1985.  Elected to the Kansas Senate in 1988,
she became the state's first female senate majority leader, a post
she held until Kansas Gov. Bill Graves tapped her to be his
running mate in 1994.  She began her political career on the Colby
Board of Education where she served from 1979 to 1985.
     Frahm and her husband, Ken, have three children.
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     *Noble is communications specialist for the Kansas West
Conference of the United Methodist Church. 


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