Longtime Kansas Rep. Jan Meyers dies at age 90

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Longtime Rep. Jan Meyers, the first Republican woman elected to the U.S. House from Kansas, has died.

Meyers died Friday at the age of 90 at a nursing home where she was living. The cause of death was not announced.

A native of Nebraska, Meyers lived in Overland Park, Kansas, while representing the state’s 3rd Congressional District from 1985 to 1997. Before that, she served in the Kansas Senate from 1972 to 1984.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday ordered flags flown at half-staff at the Capitol complex to honor Meyers.

Kelly said in a statement she respected and admired Meyers, whom she called “a groundbreaking public servant.”

Sen. Pat Roberts called Meyers a trusted colleague who set a great example for future generations.

Funeral services are pending.

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