Kansas Chamber 2015 Distinguished Pro-Jobs Legislators

July 22, 2015

Topeka, KAN.  (July 21, 2015) - The Kansas Chamber has released its 2015 Distinguished Pro-Jobs Legislator list based on legislators' support of sound business policy that strengthens our state's economy and attracts jobs. 

"This session the Legislature tackled many tough issues and progress was made in many areas, making Kansas one of the most economically competitive states in the region," said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Mike O'Neal. "The list of Distinguished Pro-Jobs Legislators identifies lawmakers who supported at least 80 percent of the wide range of business issues identified by the Kansas Chamber as important to ensuring the state's economic health during the last legislative session. The business community thanks these individuals for working to promote a healthy business climate and create jobs in Kansas." 

After each legislative session, the Kansas Chamber recognizes those pro-business lawmakers who have an exemplary voting record in support of the tenets of free enterprise. The Distinguished Pro-Jobs Legislator list focuses on core business and fiscal issues that impact the state's economy. These issues range from initiatives aimed at creating a more business-friendly tax climate, educating our future workforce, containing energy and healthcare costs, improving the legal climate, and improving the workers compensation and unemployment compensation systems to promote a fair regulatory structure.

"Kansas businesses are working daily to keep their doors open, grow jobs and keep employees on the payroll. This challenging legislative session saw Kansas move to promote and protect pro-business policies that help keep jobs and investment in the state. The positive steps achieved this session would not have been possible without the efforts of pro-job legislators who understand the critical need for a healthy business climate," added Kansas Chamber Chair of the Board of Directors Bill Pickert, BKD, LLP.

Distinguished Pro-Jobs Legislators in the Senate:

 

District

Candidate

City

1

Dennis Pyle

Hiawatha

5

Steve Fitzgerald

Leavenworth

8

Jim Denning

Overland Park

9

Julia Lynn

Olathe

10

Mary Pilcher-Cook

Shawnee

11

Jeff Melcher

Leawood

13

Jacob LaTurner

Pittsburg

14

Forrest Knox

Altoona

15

Jeff King

Independence

16

Ty Masterson

Andover

17

Jeff Longbine

Emporia

21

Greg Smith

Overland Park

23

Rob Olson

Olathe

24

Tom Arpke

Salina

25

Michael O'Donnell

Wichita

26

Dan Kerschen

Garden Plain

27

Les Donovan

Wichita

28

Mike Peterson

Wichita

30

Susan Wagle

Wichita

32

Steve Abrams

Arkansas City

33

Mitch Holmes

St. John

34

Terry Bruce

Hutchinson

35

Richard Wilborn

McPherson

37

Molly Baumgardner

Louisburg

38

Garrett Love

Montezuma

39

Larry Powell

Garden City

40

Ralph Ostmeyer

Grinnell

 

 Distinguished Pro-Jobs Legislators in the House of Representatives:

 

District

Candidate

City

1

Michael Houser

Columbus

3

Chuck Smith

Pittsburg

4

Marty Read

Mound City

5

Kevin Jones

Wellsville

6

Jene Vickrey

Louisburg

7

Richard Proehl

Parsons

8

Craig McPherson

Overland Park

11

Jim Kelly

Independence

12

Virgil Peck

Tyro

14

Keith Esau

Olathe

15

Erin Davis

Olathe

16

Amanda Grosserode

Lenexa

17

Brett Hildabrand

Shawnee

18

John Rubin

Shawnee

20

Rob Bruchman

Leawood

26

Larry Campbell

Olathe

27

Ray Merrick

Stilwell

28

Jerry Lunn

Overland Park

29

James Todd

Overland Park

30

Randy Powell

Olathe

38

Willie Dove

Bonner Springs

39

Charles Macheers

Shawnee

40

John Bradford

Lansing

41

Tony Barton

Leavenworth

42

Connie O'Brien

Toganoxie

43

Bill Sutton

Gardner

48

Marvin Kleeb

Overland Park

49

Scott Schwab

Olathe

51

Ron Highland

Wamego

52

Dick Jones

Topeka

54

Ken Corbet

Topeka

61

Becky Hutchins

Holton

62

Randy Garber

Sabetha

67

Tom Phillips

Manhattan

69

J.R. Claeys

Salina

70

John Barker

Abilene

72

Marc Rhoades

Newton

73

Les Mason

McPherson

75

Will Carpenter

El Dorado

76

Peggy Mast

Emporia

77

Kristey Williams

Augusta

78

Ron Ryckman 

Olathe

80

Kasha Kelley

Arkansas City

81

Blake Carpenter

Derby

82

Pete DeGraaf

Mulvane

84

Steve Brunk

Wichita

87

Mark Kahrs

Wichita

88

Joseph Scapa

Wichita

90

Steve Huebert

Valley Center

91

Gene Suellentrop

Wichita

93

John Whitmer

Wichita

94

Mario Goico

Wichita

97

Les Osterman

Wichita

99

Dennis Hedke

Wichita

100

Dan Hawkins

Wichita

101

Joe Seiwert

Pretty Prairie

102

Jan Pauls

Hutchinson

105

Mark Hutton

Wichita

106

Sharon Schwartz

Washington

107

Susan Concannon

Beloit

110

Travis Couture-Lovelady

Ellis

111

Sue Boldra

Hays

114

Jack Thimesch

Cunningham

115

Ronald Ryckman

Meade

116

Kyle Hoffman

Coldwater

119

Bud Estes

Dodge City

121

Mike Kiegerl

Olathe