Governor Laura Kelly appointed Will Lawrence and Sharon Wenger, and reappointed Jennie Chinn to the Capitol Preservation Committee.
“I know the addition of Will and Sharon, and Jennie’s continued service on the Capitol Preservation Committee will guarantee beauty and restoration practices at the Statehouse,” Kelly said. “I am proud to appoint Kansans who have special knowledge regarding the unique history of the building in hopes that they will continue to make this landmark outstanding.”
Will Lawrence, Lawrence, currently serves as chief of staff to the governor. Previously, Lawrence worked as the chief of staff for Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley. He has also worked as an attorney in private practice. Lawrence graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and received his juris doctor from the Washburn University School of Law.
Sharon Wenger, Topeka, currently serves as senior fiscal analyst in the Kansas Legislative Research Department. Previously, Wenger served as the director of the Bureau of Epidemiology, assistant secretary, and assistant to the director of Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Wenger received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University.
Jennie Chinn, Topeka, will serve as chair of the committee. Chinn is the executive director of the Kansas State Historical Society and has served on the committee for several terms. Previously, Chinn served as education division director and interim executive director of the Historical Society. She graduated from the University of California with a bachelor’s degree in humanities and a master’s degree in folklore and mythology.
The committee approves all proposals for renovation concerning all areas of the state Capitol building, including the Capitol’s visitor center and the grounds surrounding the Capitol. The group works to preserve the proper décor and to assure the art and artistic displays are historically accurate. The group also oversees the reconfiguration or redecoration of committee rooms throughout the building.