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Kansas State House District 56

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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    Tim Clothier
    (Rep)

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    Virgil Weigel
    (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?

Personal Biography I’m a native Kansan and lifelong Republican. I moved to Topeka in 1979 to work for Payless ShoeSource. In 2006 my wife and I opened Topeka’s Cold Stone Creamery. Today I serve as Director of Business & Industry at Washburn Tech. As the husband of a teacher and as a father, I know the value of education. Our community can only be as strong as the partnership between our schools and businesses. My wife, Lynn, and I have three children Jordan, Lane & Logan, son-in-law Brian, and grandson Carson.
Campaign Phone (785) 224-9750
Campaign Email timclothier56@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://clothierforkansas.com
Education BS Business - Emporia Sate University
Community/Public Service Topeka Public Schools Board of Education Member – 1995-2007 Aldersgate Village – Board Trustee (Current) Curriculum Leadership Institute – Board Member (Current) Topeka Chamber of Commerce – Board Member (Former) Crime Stoppers of Topeka – Board Member (Former) Leadership Greater Topeka – Class of 1995
Address 3404 SW Jardine Terr Topeka, KS 66611
It’s imperative that we restore, as quickly and as safely as a possible, a healthy and vibrant economy that offers opportunity for all Kansans. In doing so, we must listen to our health experts and their recommendations and to ensure that we as decision makers keep the health and well-being of Kansans at the forefront. as we move forward.
No, I would not.
With more than 130,000 plus Kansans uninsured, Kansas taxpayers are underwriting the cost of those persons without the benefit of federal Medicaid funding. Without expansion, the costs to Kansas taxpayers will continue to grow and therefore I would support expansion. It will ensure the viability of our rural hospitals.
I support the second amendment.
The people of Kansas are of different backgrounds, have different experiences, and different expertise. The legislature is as well. House and Senate leaders should harness those varying experiences and expertise when making committee assignments and selecting committee leadership. Doing so ensures a committee is best positioned to provide adequate oversight and to recommend sound policy. Withholding committee assignments or leadership positions should not be used as a political weapon by House and Senate leaders. To do so, punishes the people of Kansas who may benefit from an individual’s expertise far greater than it does the individual representative or senator.
Yes, I would. Transparency is essential when you hope, as I do, to hear the thoughts of, encourage the involvement of, and earn the support of those you serve. To do the contrary only fuels continued skepticism and cynicism.
It is critical that the services our state government provides, particularly those at DCF and Labor, be adequately funded, that those funds be spent responsibly, and those spending the funds be held accountable. At times, more funding may be necessary, but leaders are too often willing to invest additional taxpayer money without addressing those issues causing the problem. The lack of leadership and accountability for those at DCF and the Department of Labor is unacceptable. For our current leaders to allow it to continue is unconscionable. Though additional funding may be necessary, it should be conditioned on real structural reforms that safeguard the well-being of some of the most vulnerable Kansans; children in foster care and the unemployed.
We are indeed a diverse and ever-changing state. It is essential for us as a people to recognize that, to listen to each other, to seek to understand our differences, and to act with a sense of equality and inclusion for all Kansans.
Our ability to move forward for a better future for all Kansans is only as strong as our ability to find common ground through open and productive dialogue. The “win-at-all-costs” approach taken by too many of our current leaders leaves many with anger, animosity and resentment. It is essential to have leadership focused not on party politics, but moving us collectively forward.
It is critical that any individual or committee that would make such important decisions be accountable to Kansans. Our current system, although subject to judicial review, provides that accountability. However, I would certainly look closely at such a proposal so long as it continues to provide a mechanism by which the people of Kansas can hold those committee members accountable.
Personal Biography Born Hays, Kansas 1953 Graduated Thomas More Prep, Hays, KS 1971. US Army 1971-1974, Armor crewman, Tank Commander. Armored recon/airborne assault assigned to 2/33 armor, 3rd Armored div.. City of Hays Utility worker; 1976. L-K Dairy Hays, KS 1976-1981. Hays PD 1983-1984 US Dept of Justice-Border Patrol 1984 MTAA airport police 1985. KS Dept of Revenue/Enforcement Agent-1985-2011 Criminal Investigations KS Air National Guard 190th ARG 1983
Campaign Phone (785) 267-2749
Campaign Email virgiljweigel@hotmail.com
Education Fort Hays State University Hays, KS BA 1982 Fort Hays State Univ. MS 1983 KLETC (TPD) 1985 FBI Firearms/Range officer school
Community/Public Service Boy Scouts Safe Streets/Neighborhood Watch American Legion (Past Commander) District Legislative Chairman Justice Unity Ministry Project (J.U.M.P) Bob Dole Institute of Politics
Address 1900 SW Briarwood Drive Topeka, Kansas 66611
Issues involving Covid-19 virus are numerous and complex involving health, the economy, our children and education and many other issues. My first priority would be to gather as much information on the virus, look at trends consult with medical and scientific experts. Work with legislative colleagues to form a policy that will stop the spread, reduce infections and help the citizens of Kansas recover.
The Kansas Safe Act which was ruled not valid on most points by a federal judge should be overturned. This ruling took place in 2018. The National Voter registration Act of 1993 takes precedence. All changes should be in compliance with the Voter Registration Act. I believe the government has a duty to be transparent and to insure, all citizens that are eligible, be able to vote in our elections.
Medicaid expansion has been voted on and passed twice in the Kansas House (in the last few years) It still has not become law. I voted for the bill to expand Medicaid. I believe Medicaid expansion is needed to help over 130,000 Kansans. Passage will also help our small rural hospitals remain viable and operating. This will also bring new jobs to the state. The state of Kansas sends millions of dollars to the federal government . The federal government gives tax money to those states that have enacted Medicaid Expansion. We should pass legislation (and sign into law) for Medicaid Expansion and receive federal tax dollars to benefit Kansas citizens.
My position on gun control is that laws on the books that deal with firearms used in criminal activity should be followed for sentencing-especially with repeat offenders. We need more bipartisan support to reduce gun violence . Changes that would help are-Red Flag laws and Universal background checks. Background checks are already law-that small change can save lives. Red flag laws are currently legal in some states. Kansas should look at this area as a way to reduce violence by individuals that are a danger to themselves and others.
Changes to current House and Senate rules that allow for Chamber leaders to control Committee leadership can be made in a bipartisan manner that benefits the legislative process and is more open and transparent.
Yes.
DCF, foster care, the Departments of Labor and Education all have had some issues in the past. These problems are because of funding and staffing levels are not where they should be funded. The Governor has also had to deal with inheriting agencies that were not upgraded in previous years. It was a perfect storm and the Covid-19 virus hit and resulting closing businesses and rising unemployment hit the state of Kansas hard. It will take time to recover and funding of agencies to mitigate this massive problem. It will take cooperation and funding to do this. Working together the Executive and Legislative branches of government can solve fix these problems and continue to help Kansas citizens recover from this pandemic and economic upheaval.
Legislators can address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Kansas by working together and finding ways to put differences aside-finding common ground and solutions. This will result in better working relationships and better interaction with the citizens of Kansas. I believe inclusion at all levels is essential to problem solving and making Kansas a better place to live. This has always been my goal.
It is not a question of how can Senators and Representatives work together to govern Kansas. We MUST work together! The state of Kansas as well as the rest of the country are in a pandemic that is affecting our citizens health, our economy, virtually every facet of human existence. I believe the current politically polarized environment is inhibiting the calm, rational and thoughtful climate to solve our problems and move our state forward. We can disagree on some issues but we all must work together to find real world solutions to a common problem.
Yes, I am in favor of an amendment that would create an impartial committee to draw new legislative districts in Kansas.