Ran for Kansas Governor
- Date of Birth
- Sept. 12, 1956
I'm a fifth generation Kansan raised on the family farm in Linn County. I graduated from Prairie View High School in 1974.
I attended Kansas State University in Manhattan. I became very active in the KSU student government and served as student body president my senior year. I also belonged to the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. I received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from KSU in 1978.
I attended the University of Kansas Law School where I class president before completing my law degree in 1982.
- Work experience
After a career as a teacher, attorney and broadcaster, I served as Kansas' Secretary of Agriculture. For six years, I managed a cabinet level agency in Kansas state government and became familiar with our budget and legislative processes---traveling to every county in Kansas many times listening to our people where they live.
I was honored when my fellow Kansans elected me to the US House of Representatives and then the US Senate, where I continued the practice of regularly visiting every county for public meetings. I also felt it was important to continue to live at home. My wife Mary and I have raised our five children in Kansas while I commuted to Washington to vote.
When first elected to the Senate, I made a pledge to serve no more than two full terms in the Senate. I am keeping that pledge and looking forward to staying in Kansas full-time. I hope to build on our record of bipartisan accomplishment as Governor.
Wife: Mary; 5 Children: Abby, Andy, Elizabeth, Mark, Jenna.