Kansas ALEC Politicians

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For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Kansas politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Kansas Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Tory Marie Arnberger (R-112), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting [1],
  • Rep. Steve Alford (R-124)[2]
  • Rep. Tory Marie Amberger (R-112), registered member
  • Rep. John Barker (R-70), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]; State Chair,[3] Attended December 2014 Policy Summit at taxpayer expense[4], and attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting with taxpayers covering registration fee[5]
  • Rep. Emil Bergquist (R-91), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Jesse Burris (R-82), registered member
  • Rep. Michael Capps (R-85), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Blake Carpenter (R-81) registered member
  • Rep. Will Carpenter (R-75), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Chris Croft (R-8), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-69)[6][7]
  • Rep. Susan Concannon (R-107), Attended December 2014 Policy Summit at taxpayer expense[8]
  • Rep Erin Davis (R-15), Attended December 2014 Policy Summit at taxpayer expense[9]
  • Rep. Leo Delperdang (R-94), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member
  • Rep. Willie Dove (R-38), Attended December 2014 Policy Summit at taxpayer expense[10][7]
  • Rep. Renee Erikson (R-87), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[11]
  • Rep. Charlotte Esau (R-14), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Randy Garber (R-62)[12]
  • Rep. Dan Hawkins (R-100), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[13] Attended December 2014 Policy Summit at taxpayer expense[14] Attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting with taxpayers covering registration fee[5]
  • Rep. Ron Highland (R-51), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], Highland's staffer Mary Sabatini attended ALEC's 2017 Annual Meeting
  • Rep. Kyle Hoffman (R-116), paid ALEC membership February 2012[15] Attended December 2014 Policy Summit at taxpayer expense[16]
  • Rep. Nick Hoheisel (R-97), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Steve Huebert (R-90)[17]; Education Task Force[18]
  • Rep. Susan Humphries (R-99), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member
  • Rep. Megan Lynn (R-49), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Kevin Jones (R-5),[19] attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting with taxpayers covering registration fee[5]
  • Rep. Les Osterman (R-97), registered member
  • Rep. Stephen Owens (R-74), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1][11] [20]
  • Rep. John Resman (R-121), registered member
  • Rep. Ronald Ryckman Sr. (R-78), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], attended 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[21]. Attended December 2014 Policy Summit at taxpayer expense[22]
  • Rep. Alicia Straub (R-113), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting [1],
  • Rep. Don Schroeder (R-74)[17]
  • Rep. Scott Schwab (R-49),[23] attended 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[21]
  • Rep. Joe Seiwert (R-101), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], Communications and Technology Task Force[24] attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting with taxpayers covering registration fee[5]
  • Rep. William (Bill) Sutton (R-43), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting [1], registered member
  • Rep. Paul Waggoner (R-104), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting [1]
  • Rep. Troy Waymaster (R-109), Attended December 2014 Policy Summit at taxpayer expense[25]
  • Rep. Barbara Wasinger (R-11), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting [1],
  • Rep. Chuck Weber (R-85), registered member
  • Rep. Jene Vickrey (R-06), registered member

Senate

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

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