Jayhawks in the Statehouse

The 2020 Kansas Legislature includes 22 lawmakers who are KU graduates. Several hold leadership positions in the House or Senate. Among the graduates, 13 are Alumni Association members and two are KU staff members.

Senate

Sen. Barbara Bollier, c’80, m’84, Mission Hills (District 7)

Alumni Association member

Sen. Marci Francisco, a’73, a’77, Lawrence (District 2)
Alumni Association member and KU research analyst for the Center for Sustainability

Sen. Randall Hardy, g’76, Salina (District 24)
Alumni Association member

Sen. Julia Lynn, c’81, Olathe (District 9)
Chair, Commerce Committee

Sen. Patricia Pettey, d’68, g’74, Kansas City (District 6)
Alumni Association member

Sen. Caryn Tyson, g’07, Parker (District 12)
Chair, Assessment and Taxation Committee

House of Representatives

Rep. Tom Cox, c’08, g’11, Shawnee (District 17)

Rep. John Carmichael, c’80, l’83, Wichita (District 92)

Rep. John Eplee, m’78, Atchison (District 63)
KU Medical Alumni Association member

Rep. Dennis “Boog” Highberger, e’85, l’92, Lawrence (District 46)

Rep. Don Hineman, b’69, Dighton (District 118)
Alumni Association member

Rep. Jim Karleskint, PhD’04, Tonganoxie (District 42)
Alumni Association member

Rep. Jan Kessinger, j’73, Overland Park (District 20)
Alumni Association member

Rep. Fred Patton, l’00, Topeka, (District 50)
Chair, Judiciary Committee
Alumni Association member

Rep. Mark Samsel, l’10, Wellsville (District 5)
Alumni Association member

Rep. Paul Waggoner, b’78, Hutchinson (District 104)

Rep. Kellie Warren, l’94, Leawood (District 28)
Alumni Association member

Rep. Troy Waymaster, c’00, Bunker Hill (District 109)
Chair, Appropriations Committee

Rep. Valdenia Winn, d’72, PhD’94, Kansas City (District 34)

Rep. Kristey Williams, d’93, g’98, Augusta (District 77)

Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, s’79, s’82, Kansas City (District 36)
Business Director and Assistant to the CEO, University of Kansas Hospital

Rep. Brandon Woodard, c’13, Lenexa (District 30)
Alumni Association member


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