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Kansas State Senate District 34

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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    Shanna Henry
    (Dem)

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    Mark Steffen
    (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 4th Generation McPherson, Kansas farm family; Careers in Telecommunications and Renewable Energy; Resident of Kingman County for 25 years; Married for 28 years, mother of two adult children
Campaign Phone (316) 530-1743
Campaign Email shanna4kansas@gmail.com
Education Business Administration Degree and Equestrian Studies Degree from William Woods University, Fulton, MO; McPherson USD 418, grades 5-12; Peaceful Prairie country school, grades 1-4
Community/Public Service Kingman County Extension Council Executive Board Member; Choir member, St. Rose, Mt. Vernon Parish; Prior Community/Public Service: Kingman County Economic Development Council, served 8 years on Board, 3 years as Chair; Vinita 4-H Club Leader, Kingman Co. 4-H Council, Community fundraising; PTA officer positions, Librarian, Scholars Bowl Coach, Band Mom, etc. for our schools; 2018 Candidate for State Representative, 114th District (Kingman Co., parts of Reno & Rice Cos.)
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Personal Biography I am a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who has practiced in central Kansas since 1997. We actively farm in Kingman, Reno, and Rice Counties. We own and manage Steffen Resource Development, LLC, a KCC licensed oil and gas operating company. I married my high school sweetheart, Deanna, in 1985. We have two adult children. Collen is an attorney in a prestigious OKC firm (McAfee, Taft) and Jessica just graduated from Yale and starts Law School at KU as a Rice Scholar this August.
Campaign Phone (620) 802-1188
Campaign Email steffenmd@hotmail.com
Education B.S. in Chemistry/Biology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University 1985. Medical Degree from University of Oklahoma School of Medicine 1989
Community/Public Service Northwestern Foundation Trustee. Originator of four scholorships at Northwestern. Boone and Crockett Club Foundation Trustee. Boone and Crockett Club Chairman of multiple committees. Editor-in-Chief of B&C's Fair Chase magazine. Pope and Young Club 2nd Vice-President.
Address 3500 N Mayfield Rd Hutchinson, KS 67502
Economic stability through wise interpretation of the scientific data behind managing this virus. The media and Democrats are hyping the issue and proclaiming their peoples' guesses as science. We must wash our hands, stay a few more feet apart, isolate those at high risk or overrun with fear then move back to living our lives in a productive manner. The concept of stopping this virus is unfounded and nonsensical.
Voting is a sacred right and deserves adequate security. ID is mandatory. Keeping voter roles pristine is mandatory. Oversight is mandatory.
Medicaid expansion is a terrible concept. Expansion is a budgetary monster. Expansion guarantees taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood and abortions. If you want to buy health insurance for able bodied males, start a nonprfit organization and ask for donations. Medicaid expansion is misuse of public funds.
I am an staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. We need to enforce the current laws, not make new ones. I have never seen a gun be violent. People, yes.
This is not a significant issue to me at this time on a state level.
Government should be transparent at all levels.
I do not believe a computer can be blamed for poor performance of any government agency. No problems are solved by throwing more money at it. Broken families are an offshoot of a society turning away from God and our Christian values. Government agencies never over perform. They always fall short.
This is a media and leftist generated narrative. The key to good governance is opportunity for all. Whether an individual accepts that opportunity is the question.
Recommit to our core Christian values. Realize that government has its Constitutionally prescribed responsibilities. The concept that government is a cradle to grave ideology is a recipe for societal failure. Thus our societal deterioration since the 1960's and the New Deal.
Of particular importance is the need for Senator Districts to be based on equal geographical area and not population. We have allowed the population centers to have to much control. It must be brought into check.