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Kansas State Senate District 19

The Kansas Senate is the upper house of the Kansas Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Kansas. It is composed of 40 senators representing an equal amount of districts, each with a population of at least 60,000 inhabitants. Members of the Senate are elected to a four-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a senator may serve.

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    Anthony Hensley
    (Dem)

  • Rick Kloos
    (Rep)

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 Anthony Hensley represents the 19th Senate District, which is comprised of eastern Topeka and Shawnee County, southern Douglas County, and northern Osage County. He is a lifelong resident of his district. He and his wife Deborah live in Topeka. Their daughter, Katie, is a principal for a public elementary school. The Hensleys are grandparents to Katie's three daughters, Brighton, Lily, and Parker.
Campaign Phone (785) 267-3300
Campaign Web Site http://anthonyhensley.com
Education I am a 1975 graduate of Washburn University and hold a Master's Degree in special education from Kansas State University.
Community/Public Service In the past I have served on various boards of directors.
Address 4240 SE Wisconsin Ave. Topeka, KS 66609
My first priority is ensuring Kansans stay safe and healthy. This obviously includes supporting Governor Kelly’s leadership in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Kansas. Our economy cannot begin to recover until we have more control on reducing the number of confirmed cases and community spread of COVID-19
Yes, I would vote to overturn the SAFE Act. We should work to remove barriers to voting. In the past I have supported legislation that allows voters to vote at any polling place. I would also support same day voter registration, meaning an eligible voter could register on the same day they cast a ballot. Finally, I would support easier access to mail-in ballots.
I not only support Medicaid expansion, but I have made every effort to bring it to the Senate floor for a debate. Expanding Medicaid helps ensure health care in rural communities by keeping hospitals and clinics open. However, more must be done to recruit healthcare staff and expand telehealth offerings to help rural communities.
I protect the second amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. I also support common sense gun safety measures such as background check requirements for purchasing firearms, gun safety training, and keeping firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers and mentally ill people.
Individual committees could be allowed to appoint their own Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. Or, there could be a separate committee established for the sole purpose of appointing committee leadership.
Yes, I would support efforts to make the process more transparent. The cornerstone of democracy is transparency. The people of Kansas deserve to know what their elected representative are doing.
No, I don’t believe they are funded at a level to effectively carry out their missions. Nearly a decade of reckless economic policies devastated agency budgets. Although we have made steady progress over the past few years since overturning Brownback’s failed tax experiment, we have much more work to do. We must continue working in a fiscally responsible manner to balance the budget and protect these critical investments.
We should start by following the recommendations that come from Governor Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice.
Senators and Representatives have to be willing to accept that bipartisan is not a bad word, and must remember that we work for the people who elect us.
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