Allen County man confirmed as Kansas Commerce Secretary

Anti-abortion group opposed Toland
Allen County man confirmed as Kansas Commerce Secretary
Iola, KS - August 1, 2017 - David Toland, CEO of Thrive Allen County, stands in a corridor at the shuttered cement factory located on the edge of town.

The Kansas Senate has confirmed a former southeast Kansas man as commerce secretary despite vocal opposition from some Republicans and the state’s most influential anti-abortion group.

The vote Monday on Secretary David Toland was 23-14.

Toland previously was executive director of the Iola-based economic development group Thrive Allen County.

Kansans for Life opposed him because of small grants to Thrive Allen County from a fund named for the late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

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