Former Kansas legislator to serve as US observer in Ireland

July 4, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas legislator who also served on a federal parole board will represent the U.S. in meetings of a group that promotes peace in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Former state Sen. Ed Reilly says he expects to attend meetings of the board of the International Fund for Ireland in November. He was appointed as a U.S. observer last month by President Donald Trump’s administration.

The 82-year-old Reilly is a Leavenworth native who now lives in the Washington area after serving as a member and chairman of the U.S. Parole Commission.

He served 29 years in the Kansas Legislature as a Republican. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in the House in 1964, won a Senate seat that year and served there until 1992.

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