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Kansas State House District 103

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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  • Susanne Haynes
    (Rep)

  • Loren John Hermreck
    (Lib)

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    Ponka-We Victors
    (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 I am a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona and Ponca tribe of Oklahoma. I was born and raised in my district in Wichita. I have a graduate degree in public administration from Wichita State University and completed my doctoral degree in education from Creighton University. I am the first Native American woman to serve in the Kansas legislature. I serve on the transportation, transportation budget, Kansas emergency management, and chairwoman of the state-tribal relations committees.
Campaign Phone (316) 749-8450
Education Graduate of North High School, Bachelors Degree from Newman University, Masters Degree in Public Administration Wichita State University, Doctoral degree in Education.
Community/Public Service I sponsor back to school supplies drive, resource fairs, health fairs, end of school ice cream socials, voter registration drives, neighborhood clean ups, and Veteran events.
Address P.O. Box 48081, Wichita KS 67201
To make sure that everyone has proper access to health care, testing, and masks. I serve a lower income community with a high undocumented population. It's important that everyone has access to proper healthcare regardless of income and race. Also, important information must be available in other languages besides English. My main priority is to make sure that everyone is taken care of during these times and is aware of resources that are available. I was recently appointed to the Kansas Emergency Act special committee to help address some of these issues.
Yes, we should repeal the SAFE act because it's a waste of money on lawsuits and is going to discourage people from registering to vote. I support the permanent option to vote by mail in election races and also the same day voter registration. I would like to see election day to be considered a holiday so the working people can concentrate on getting to the polls.
I support medicaid expansion. I voted in support of it when it came to the Kansas House floor and I stand beside my voting record. Medicaid expansion would help rural hospitals in numerous of ways and would help keep the hospitals open regardless if they have uninsured patients or not.
I would like to close the loopholes at gun shows and make it mandatory for background checks. Also, it is important to remove guns from schools including college campuses. Finally, we need to make sure that guns are not in the hands of domestic violence abusers.
I believe committees need to elect their own chair and vice chair. The legislators including democrats on that committee should have a voice on who should be the chair of their committee. It would help break down barriers for important bills that need to have a hearing and a vote. Also, it should take a majority of the House members to bring an issue up for discussion on the House floor not the required votes that is needed.
Yes, I believe in transparency because everyone needs to be aware of what happens at the Capitol especially when it comes to important bills. Transparency could discourage the "gut and go" process.
Yes, I feel they are funded but there is room for improvement and the systems could be updated. The problem is that during the COVID-19 crisis all the resources was transferred to the Department of Labor. Once this crisis gets resolved then the resources could be distributed back out to the other agencies.
The legislators should have diversity training requirement and for all other agencies as well. As a women of color legislator, I would like to have more support on bills that directly impact minority communities. I believe all the minority legislators could use more support from their colleagues on these important issues.
We have no choice but to work together no matter what. I am happy to report that I do work with everyone regardless of political affiliation. Every bill that I have pushed was supported by both democrats and republicans. I believe we all love this state and we should put our differences aside to do what's right for the people. I participate in bipartisanship activities at the Capitol and I feel we should look for ways where we can support and work together.
Yes, we should have an impartial committee to make sure we are not gerrymandered in any of our districts. The impartial committee would allow the most equitable distribution of resources statewide.