Friday, October 31, 2014

Finch scores voting kudos

By The Herald Staff | 8/1/2014

It’s a gold star for participation.

State Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa didn’t miss a single vote in the 2014 legislative session, Kansas House Majority Leader Jean Vickery’s office announced this week.

It’s a gold star for participation.

State Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa didn’t miss a single vote in the 2014 legislative session, Kansas House Majority Leader Jean Vickery’s office announced this week.

Vickery recognized Finch for his 100-percent voting record for the session, according to a news release. Official records of the Kansas House of Representatives show Finch did not miss a single vote of the 287 cast by the full House, the release said.

“While the most pressing issue was arguably to address the [Kansas] Supreme Court’s K-12 finance decision, it was not the only challenge House Republicans faced this session,” Vickery, R-Louisburg, said. “No matter how difficult the vote, Rep. Finch never took a pass. His perfect voting record is evidence of the dedication with which he serves as an elected representative.”

Finch has represented Kansas House District 59 since being elected in 2012. He was criticized during his freshman session in 2013 for missing 41 votes April 4-5 when he was absent from the statehouse, according to Herald archives.

“I don’t like to miss any vote, and every vote is important to me,” Finch said in June 2013. “It is critical to me that the people know how seriously I take this responsibility and the honor of public service. With the exception of the votes taken on those two days in April, I did not miss a single vote of any kind throughout the session.”

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