Kansas Gov. Bill Graves announced
Tuesday at a State house news conference that he plans to take over the reigns
of the American Trucking Associations, when he leaves office in early 2003.
The two-term governor pledged to finish out the final 14 months of his term.
Graves, who is constitutionally prohibited
from serving a third term as governor, reportedly was pursued for months by
the ATA and asked to step down early from the governorship to assume control.
But Graves refused.
Capitol veterans said prior to the
official announcement that Graves and the ATA appeared ready to announce the
hiring so long before his term is scheduled to end was considered highly unusual,
the Kansas City Star reported. They could not recall a time when a governor
announced his post-administration plans so far in advance.
The governor grew up as the heir to
the family's trucking company, Graves Truck Line, which his father built
to the largest in Kansas, but the family sold the business in 1979. Graves
soon after became involved in politics.
Graves will succeed William Canary,
who has been filling in as interim president and chief executive officer until
a replacement is named. Canary followed Walter B. McCormick Jr. when he left
to become head of the U.S. Telecom Association.
--Land Line staff