Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kansas, shows off a commemorative plate given to him by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, one of the few decorations in his Capitol Hill office.
Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kansas, shows off a commemorative plate given to him by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, one of the few decorations in his Capitol Hill office. Bryan Lowry McClatchy Washington Bureau
Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kansas, shows off a commemorative plate given to him by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, one of the few decorations in his Capitol Hill office. Bryan Lowry McClatchy Washington Bureau

Bryan Lowry covers Kansas and Missouri politics as Washington correspondent for The Kansas City Star. He previously served as Kansas statehouse correspondent for The Wichita Eagle and as The Star’s lead political reporter. Lowry contributed to The Star’s investigation into government secrecy that was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. 202-383-6167