Kansas Chamber 2013 Pro-Jobs Legislators

July 11, 2013


Emily Mitchell 785-357-6321 emilym@kansaschamber.org Topeka, KAN.  (July 11, 2013) – The Kansas Chamber has released its 2013 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 tremendous progress was made in many areas that have made Kansas one of the most economically competitive states in the region,” said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Mike O’Neal. “The list of Pro-Jobs Legislators identifies lawmakers who voted at least 80 percent of the time to support a wide range of business issues and ensure the state’s economic health during the last session. The business community thanks these individuals for working to limit government and create jobs in Kansas.” After each legislative session, the Kansas Chamber lists the business friendly lawmakers who voted in support of the tenets of free enterprise. The Pro-Jobs Legislator list focuses solely on the core business issues that impact the state’s economy. These issues range from initiatives aimed at creating a more business-friendly tax climate, containing healthcare costs, improving the legal climate, improving the workers compensation and unemployment compensation systems to promote a fair regulatory structure.

“Kansas businesses are working daily to keep their doors open and employees on the payroll. This legislative session Kansas moved forward with pro-business policies that help keep jobs 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 Ivan Crossland, CEO of Crossland Construction in Columbus, Kansas.

Pro-Jobs Legislators in the Kansas Senate

  Steve Abrams   Mitch Holmes   Michael O’Donnell
  Pat Apple   Dan Kerschen   Rob Olson
  Tom Arpke   Jeff King   Ralph Ostmeyer
  Elaine Bowers   Forrest Knox   Mary Pilcher Cook
  Terry Bruce   Garrett Love   Larry Powell
  Jim Denning   Julia Lynn   Dennis Pyle
  Les Donovan   Ty Masterson   Greg Smith
  Steve Fitzgerald   Jeff Melcher   Susan Wagle

Pro-Jobs Legislators in the Kansas House of Representatives 

  Stephen Alford   Dan Hawkins   Les Osterman
  John Barker   Dennis Hedke   Virgil Peck
  Sue Boldra   Phil Hermanson   Reid Petty
  John Bradford   Ron Highland   Joshua Powell
  Rob Bruchman   Brett Hildabrand   Richard Proehl
  Steven Brunk   Kyle Hoffman   J.R. Claeys
  Richard Carlson   Mike Houser   Marty Read
  Will Carpenter   Jim Howell   Marc Rhoades
  Ward Cassidy   Steve Huebert   Allan Rothlisberg
  Susan Concannon   Mark Hutton   John Rubin
  Ken Corbet   Steven Johnson   Ron Ryckman
  Travis Couture-Lovelady   Mark Kahrs   Ronald Ryckman
  David Crum   Kasha Kelley   Scott Schwab
  Peter DeGraaf   Jim Kelly   Sharon Schwartz
  Willie Dove   Lance Kinzer   Joe Seiwert
  John Edmonds   Marvin Kleeb   Clark Shultz
  Joe Edwards   Jerry Lunn   Arlen Siegfreid
  Keith Esau   Charles Macheers   Gene Suellentrop
  John Ewy   Peggy Mast   Bill Sutton
  Shanti Gandhi   Craig McPherson   Jack Thimesch
  Randy Garber   Kelly Meigs   James Todd
  Mario Goico   Ray Merrick   Jene Vickrey
  Ramon Gonzalez   Bob Montgomery   Troy Waymaster
  Amanda Grosserode   Connie O’Brien   Brian Weber

* Please note that Rep. Siegfreid and Rep. Weber have given notice of retirement since the 2013 session.  


The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, go to www.kansaschamber.org.