I am proud to begin with the fact that I am a Wichita native who has lived nearly all of my life in the 29th District. I might hold office, but my life is likely a lot like yours: working, raising a family, and serving actively in countless volunteer and civic roles throughout the community.
I’m also proud to personally know HUNDREDS of my constituents. When I engage my community, I don’t have a stump speech. I want to know how you and your family are coping with our recent recession and jobs crisis. I want to know how your children are doing in school. Most of all, I want to know what I can do to help.
I’ve spent a lifetime sharing hopes and fears, disappointments and joys, hardships and successes, struggles and victories with my community. I attended Wichita State studying pre-law. Both of my daughters attended public schools. Yes, I spend a few months a year in Topeka; But I live in Wichita and am intensely proud of that.
It’s easy to see why Democrats and Republicans alike frequently turn to me for a human perspective on various issues. From childcare to law-enforcement, I not only put a face on the issues but often the names and stories of my constituents in D29 that first brought the matter to my attention. I am best known by my fellow legislators as a pro-development progressive, who eagerly backs “Jobs Through Development” for my constituents. Smart development of our community lifts all of us up.
Wrangling compromises between Democrats and Republicans, I do my best to practice the bipartisan ideal of the Senate — improving Kansas for everyone. For more on my life, check out the following links:
What’s in a Name
VoteSmart (Voting Record)