1. Age 65, semi-retired businessman. I have a master’s degree in education administration, I have pastored, been administrator of a private school for many years, owned King’s Camp, ran a boys home for 10 years and co-owned a drug and alcohol treatment company for eight years.
2. Served as State Representative for four years. In my second term, I was Republican Caucus Chairman. I have served in the Senate for four years. I have served on almost two dozen different committees during my years in the Legislature, including the education, commerce, health and tax committees, plus many more. The breadth and depth of my experience in the Legislature enables me to be an effective senator.
3. We will need to reopen the tax debate due to serious mistakes that were made in the tax bill that was signed into law. The budget will continue to be a challenge as we try to fulfill the obligations of the state to its people yet live within our means.
1. Age 59, farmer and lifetime resident of the district. Bachelor of science degree in dairy science from Kansas State University. Married to Norene, R.N., for 33 years. Five children – Emily and husband Ethan, and grandson, Tyler; Jon and wife Emily, and granddaughter, Abigail; Rachel; Keith and Kim. Member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
2. Elected and served in the Kansas House of Representative for four years. Vice chair of agriculture and natural resource committee. Served on the Kansas Farm Bureau Resolution committee. Past corporate board member of Dairy Farmers of America. Past board member of Midwest Dairy Association and Dairy Finance Services. Appointed by the United States Secretery of Agriculture to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.
3. Unemployment and business recovery: We enacted small business tax reduction to give them more of their own money to invest to grow their business.
Tax policy: Monitor the revenue income and not allow any shift to property tax.
Education: Education is the largest portion of the budget. We need teacher input to help them do their jobs. Funding equalization at 100 percent would reduce local property tax.