The Kansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the legislature of the U.S. state of Kansas. Composed of 125 state representatives from districts with roughly equal populations of at least 19,000, its members are responsible for crafting and voting on legislation, helping to create a state budget, and legislative oversight over state agencies.
5th Generation Kansan, grew up in Johnson County, attended Shawnee Mission Schools, children attend Shawnee Mission Schools. Elected in 2012, served 3 terms as a Republican, 1 term as a Democrat. Currently Ranking Member on Education; also serve on Tax and Federal and State Affairs committees.
To balance the budget with minimal cuts.
Yes. I support same-day registration, and sponsored a bill to implement automatic voter registration, or AVR, and will introduce similar legislation again.
Yes. I have supported Medicaid Expansion for years. Not only does it help our fellow man, but it also helps our local economy, as well as the rural economy.
I support sensible, common-sense gun laws, such as removing campus carry, and expanded background checks (I was the chief sponsor for both pieces of legislation.)
We could allow all members to vote on committee chairs after the chair candidates submit a resume for review.
I have consistently supported such rules changes, even when I was in a Party that punished me for doing so. I will continue to advocate for Transparency.
No, they are not adequately funded. More funding could be found through use of creative revenue sources, grants, and more federal aid.
We can start by increasing inclusion with state employees, and can continue by encouraging women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to run for office.
By coming at our work from a place of respect, and finding the one thing that we might agree on to work together. For instance, although a Moderate Republican at the time, I worked very well with Tea Party Republicans regarding transparency issues. Commonalities can be found.
Yes, I would.