Manhattan, Kan.: Indian American Usha Reddi Wednesday sworn in as state senator for District 22 in Kansas. She replaced longtime Manhattan Senator Tom Hawk. Her appointment followed current Manhattan Senator Tom Hawk’s announcement last month that he is retiring from the Legislature.
“It’s been a very exciting night. I’m thrilled to represent Senate District 22,” said Reddi. “Senator Tom Hawk is an outstanding leader, and I’m sure I’ll be reaching out to him many times.”
Reddi has served on the Manhattan City Commission since 2013. During that period, she served twice as mayor. Previously, she was an educator in Manhattan-Ogden public schools, where she served a term as President of their National Education Association chapter. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in psychology and elementary education and earned her Master’s degree in educational leadership from Kansas State University.
Reddi will complete the remainder of Senator Tom Hawk’s term, which expires in 2025.