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Kansas State House District 30

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.

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  • Laura Williams
    (Rep)

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    Brandon Woodard
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

With all of the issues facing Kansas brought about by the COVID-19 virus, what would be your first priority?

Would you support overturning the SAFE Act that was put into place creating barriers to voting by Kansans? What changes to Kansas election laws and voting systems would you support? Please explain why you would support those changes.

What is your position on expanding Medicaid? Why? What would you propose to ensure health care availability in rural areas?

What is your position on gun control and the issue of gun violence? What, if any, changes would you propose to current laws?

How can changes be made to current House and Senate rules that allow for Chamber Leaders to control Committee leadership?

Will you support changing the House and Senate rules to allow a transparent system for determining which proposed bills are heard, debated and voted on? If not, why not?

Issues with DCF and foster care, plus antiquated computer systems in the Departments of Labor and Education have made news. Do you feel that our current agencies are funded at a level that they can carry out their missions? If yes, what is the problem? If no, how can it be addressed?

How can Legislators address the issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Kansas?

In the current politically-polarized environment, how can Senators and Representatives work together to govern Kansas?

New legislative districts are drawn by the Legislature during the second year following the Census (2012, 2022, etc.) Would you vote in favor of an amendment that would create an impartial committee to draw the new legislative districts in Kansas?

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Personal Biography Brandon Woodard is a community organizer, advocate, and lifelong Kansan running for re-election to represent the 30th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. After the implementation of the failed Brownback Tax Experiment, Brandon chose to remain in Kansas after college and move to Lenexa to dedicate his time to making a difference and fighting the radically conservative ideas coming from Topeka.
Campaign Phone (913) 335-0919
Education Bachelors Degree in Political Science, University of Kansas, 2013, minor in business Topeka West High School, class of 2009
Community/Public Service Lenexa Vision 2040 Task Force, Johnson County Citizens Academy 2017, Chair of Johnson County Young Democrats, Vice Chair of Johnson County Democratic Party
Address 9051 Renner Blvd Apt 3002 Lenexa, KS 66219
In order to ensure a healthy workforce to rebuild the Kansas economy, we must expand Medicaid to the more than 150,000 Kansans who fall into the coverage gap. This will be critical to the long-term success for Kansas after the pandemic.
Yes. I support making voting more accessible to Kansans, not more restrictive. I would support a move to automatic voter registration, free advance ballot voting by mail, and expanded voting sites. In addition, our presidential primaries should be state-run primaries to encourage higher voter engagement.
We need to expand Medicaid. In addition to it being the humane and moral thing to do for our neighbors, it's fiscally sound policy that is supported by the overwhelming majority of Kansans. Let's bring our tax dollars back home to Kansas and put them to work to ensure everyone in our state has access to quality, affordable healthcare.
I support the 2nd Amendment, while advocating for common sense gun legislation. We need Red Flag Laws put into place to prevent domestic abusers from having access to firearms while potentially endangering themselves or others. We should close the gun show loophole, and reinstate permit and training requirements for concealed carry in Kansas.
We must elect a majority of House and Senate members who support limiting the powers of the House Speaker or Senate President. One person should not be able to block legislation supported by a majority of the chamber. We should reform the rules to give committees or chamber majorities the authority to bring legislation before our committees and House chamber.
Yes. We should record every vote taken in the Legislature, ensure Kansans have access to that information, and know who and where legislation is coming from.
We have underfunded our infrastructure in this state for decades. The Kansas Department of Labor IT system is older than I am, which is a problem. We must overhaul our service agencies' IT systems and ensure, pandemic or not, that Kansas is prepared to support the people of our State.
The median age in Kansas is 37 years old; however, less than 4% of the Legislators in Kansas are under age 40. We need to make our Legislature look like the people of Kansas. We need a new generation of leaders in Topeka, as well as allies who will stand up and speak out for those voices who are not represented under the dome.

Kansas must address criminal justice reform, overhaul our oversight of law enforcement at the state level, and enact policy to protect LGBTQ Kansans.
Throughout my first term, I've strived to professionalize constituent outreach, networking, and collaborating with my House colleagues to find solutions to the tough challenges before us as Kansas. We must be independent thinkers, while being willing to build coalitions to achieve policy reform together. That starts with us listening to one another and identifying common ground.
Redistricting should absolutely be decided by an independent, nonpartisan redistricting committee. It is unfair that politicians, not the people of the State, get to draw maps that favor their political party.