Jayhawks in the Statehouse

Before entering public service, many Kansas leaders earned their degrees at the University of Kansas. Current Jayhawks serving as elected state officials include:

Attorney General Derek Schmidt - Journalism, 1990

Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt - Pharmacy, 1978

Jayhawk Caucus

The 2019 Kansas Legislature includes 23 lawmakers who are KU graduates. Several hold leadership positions in the House or Senate. Among the graduates, 10 are Alumni Association members and two are KU staff members.


Sen. Barbara Bollier, c’80, m’84, Mission Hills (District 7)
Alumni Association member
Ranking Minority of Public Health & Welfare Committee

Sen. Marci Francisco, a’73, a’77, Lawrence (District 2)
Alumni Association member and KU research analyst for the Center for Sustainability
Ranking Minority of Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and Utilities Committee

Sen. Randall Hardy, g’76, Salina (District 24)
Alumni Association member
Vice Chair of Ethics & Elections Committee

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

Sen. Patricia Pettey, d’68, g’74, Kansas City (District 6)
Alumni Association member
Ranking Minority of Transportation Committee

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

House of Representatives

Rep. John Carmichael, c’80, l’83, Wichita (District 92)
Ranking Minority of Judiciary Committee

Rep. Tom Cox, c’08, g’11, Shawnee (District 17)
Vice Chair of Insurance Committee

Rep. John Eplee, m’78, Atchison (District 63)
Vice Chair of Health and Human Services Committee

Rep. Dennis “Boog” Highberger, e’85, l’92, Lawrence (District 46)
Ranking Minority of Corrections/Juvenile Justice Committee

Rep. Don Hineman, b’69, Dighton (District 118)
Alumni Association member
Chair of Rural Revitalization Committee

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)
Alumni Association member
Chair of Judiciary Committee

Rep. Mark Samsel, l'10, Wellsville (District 5)

Rep. John Toplikar, x'79, Olathe (District 15)

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

Rep. Kellie Warren, l'94, Leawood (District 28)

Rep. Troy Waymaster, c’00, Luray (District 109)
Alumni Association member
Chair of Appropriations Committee

Rep. Valdenia Winn, d’72, PhD’94, Kansas City (District 34)
Ranking Minority of K-12 Education Budget Committee

Rep. Kristey Williams, d’93, g’98, Augusta (District 77)
Alumni Association member
Chair of K-12 Education Budget Committee

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

Rep. Brandon Woodard, c'13, Lenexa (District 30)
Associate Development Director at KU Endowment

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