Gov. Sam Brownback announced the appointment Tuesday morning after Estes sent the governor a letter announcing he would resign on April 25.
“I know Jake to be a fine man, a skilled public servant and a fiercely loyal Kansan,” Brownback said.
LaTurner, a 29-year-old Pittsburg Republican, has served in the Senate since 2013 and was chairman of the Senate’s federal and state affairs committee this year.
The conservative Republican has voted against tax increases and Medicaid expansion this session.
LaTurner lists his occupation on the Kansas Legislature’s website as a small business owner. He said during a press conference Tuesday that he does consulting work that deals with customer service
“The treasurer’s office is an exciting place to be,” LaTurner said.
B.J. Harden, the assistant state treasurer, described the office as “the state’s bank.”
The treasurer’s office also oversees the state’s effort to help people find their unclaimed property money, and administers a college education savings program and other financial services, according to the state’s website.
LaTurner said his intention was to run for a full four-year term in 2018 when the office is on the ballot again.
The governor’s appointment of LaTurner opens a spot in the Kansas Senate as lawmakers prepare to return to Topeka on May 1. The Legislature is facing almost $1 billion in projected budget shortfalls through June of 2019.