TOPEKA — A local legislator recently was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the House Freshmen Republican Caucus.

Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, was elected Tuesday to be the caucus’ next chairman, a position Finch said he’s thrilled to have.

“I feel honored to be selected to serve as chair by my fellow Republican freshmen,” Finch said in a release. “I am proud to serve in their company.”

Six freshmen competed for the chairmanship, but ultimately Finch, an Ottawa attorney, prevailed with a majority of the freshman Republican votes. The caucus largely will focus on issues of constituent service, maintaining productivity and briefings on complex legislative issues, Finch said in a release. Finch serves in the House’s judiciary, utilities and corrections and juvenile justice committees.

The Kansas House of Representatives, which has 125 total lawmakers, welcomed 57 freshman legislators this year, a class which Finch said is “historically large and is expected to have a sizeable impact on the House.”

Finch defeated TerriLois Gregory, R-Ottawa, in the August Republican primary and Caleb Correll, D-Ottawa, in the general election to earn the House seat.