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State Chairman

Kelly Arnold

Kelly Arnold was elected Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party in January of 2013. He has served on the Kansas Republican Party State Committee for over 10 years and fulfilled many roles in local, state and national political offices. Kelly co-founded the Republican Men’s Leadership Series which trains and equips individuals to run for local office.

Kelly is the elected Sedgwick County Clerk. His responsibility as County Clerk includes overseeing all real estate transactions and preparing the mill levies in Sedgwick County. He was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in 2013 and currently serves as a Trustee of Kansas Public Employee Retirement, which oversees the investments of the $16 billion portfolio and operations of the organization.

Professionally, Kelly has balanced his career between working in financial services and supporting the efforts of the Republican Party.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for a community bank and has worked as a financial representative and planner. Kelly has served in many capacities within the Republican Party. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, Finance Director of the Kansas Republican Party, and Chairman of the Sedgwick County Republican Party. Nationally, Kelly recently served over 10 years for the Young Republican National Federation including 2 years as the organizations treasurer.

Kelly is a fourth generation Kansan and was born and raised in McPherson Kansas. He earned Bachelor degrees in both Business Management and Business Finance from Tabor College, a private Christian college in Hillsboro, Kansas. He resides in Wichita and is an active volunteer and mentor for high school youth at Pathway Church. He also enjoys working on optometric medical missions in Central America.


National Committeewoman

Helen Van Etten

Helen was elected to the Republican National Committee as the National Committeewoman for Kansas in 2008. Previously, she was an at-large member of the Kansas Republican Executive Committee and President of the Kansas-Federation of Republican Women, Shawnee Chapter. Helen was a committee member for Kan Be Healthy Committee and Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association from 2004-2007 and was a Member of the American Business Women’s Association, New York Speech-Language Association and Taiwan Speech-Language Association.  From 1998-2006, she also served as a Board Member for the Kansas Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

Since joining the RNC, Helen was a delegate to the 2012 and 2008 Republican National Convention and has served on the Budget, Rules, and RNC Site Selection Committees.  During the RNC summer meeting of 2012, she has been elected to serve on the RNC Executive meeting from Midwestern region. She is currently an Audiologist for the Topeka Public School system and National Board Member for the National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs.  Helen also founded and is President of the Shawnee County Pachyderm Club and a Member of the American Speech-Language Association, Kansas Speech-Language Association, and Heartland Sertoma Club. She is on the Board of Governors for the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series and Board of Kansas Federation Republican Women and volunteers with the Kansas Neurological Institute. She recently has become a Trustee of the Maggie’s List, a Federal Political Action Committee created to raise awareness and funds to increase the number of conservative women elected to federal public office.

Helen holds a Masters Degree in Audiology from Wayne State University and a Doctorate in Audiology from University of Florida. She is a Member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Topeka where she resides with her husband, Roger. 


National Committeeman

Todd Tiahrt

Todd Tiahrt was elected as the National Committeeman from Kansas in January of 2011. He is a partner at Paulsen Marketing and he also consults in aviation, aerospace, and government relations.

Previously, Mr. Tiahrt served in the U.S. House of Representatives for KS-04 from 1995-2011. He served on the House appropriations Committee and was the founder of the House Economic Competiveness Caucus. Prior to serving in the House, he served in the Kansas State Senate. 


Executive Director

Clay Barker

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  • Executive Director, Kansas Republican State Committee  

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  • Attorney, Kansas Republican Party
  • Kansas Party Attorney, 2010 – 2011
  • Volunteer, County Party, 2010

Governor

Sam Brownback

Sam Brownback was sworn in as governor of Kansas on January 9, 2011. Brownback served as Secretary of the Kansas Board of Agriculture from 1986 - 1993. During that time he also served as a White House Fellow in President George H. W. Bush’s administration. In 1994, Kansans elected Brownback to the U.S. House of Representatives and, two years later, to the U.S. Senate seat once held by former Senator Bob Dole. In the Senate, Brownback was an effective advocate for Kansas interests while serving on the Appropriations Committee, the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and the Homeland Security Subcommittee. He was a founding member of the Senate Fiscal Watch Team. Honoring his pledge to only serve two elected terms in the U.S. Senate, he did not seek reelection in 2010. As governor, Brownback is focused on growing the state’s economy and increasing private sector jobs through improved regulations, controlled spending and lower tax rates. He has five measurable goals for his administration: Increase in net personal income; increase in private sector employment; increase in the percentage of 4th graders reading at grade level; increase in the percentage of high school graduates who are college or career ready; and decrease in the percentage of Kansas’ children who live in poverty. Brownback and his wife, Mary, have five children, two of them are adopted. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1978 and the University of Kansas Law School in 1982.

Senator

Jerry Moran

MORAN, Jerry, a Senator and a Representative from Kansas; born in Great Bend, Barton County, Kans., May 29, 1954; attended Plainville High School, Plainville, Kans.; graduated University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., B.S., 1976; graduated Kansas University School of Law, Lawrence, Kans., J.D., 1981; M.B.A. candidate, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kans.; bank officer; instructor, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kans.; member of the Kansas state senate 1989-1997, serving as vice president 1993-1995, majority leader 1995-1997; Kansas state special assistant attorney general 1982-1985; deputy attorney, Rooks County, Kans. 1987-1995; University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kans., board of governors, serving as vice president 1993-1994, and as president 1994-1995; board of directors, Kansas chamber of commerce and industry 1996-1997; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fifth Congress and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-January 3, 2011); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017; chair, National Republican Senatorial Committee (2012-2014).

Senator

Pat Roberts

ROBERTS, Charles Patrick (Pat), a Senator and a Representative from Kansas; born in Topeka, Kans., April 20, 1936; attended the public schools; graduated from Holton High School 1954; B.A., Kansas State University, Manhattan 1958; served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a captain 1958-1962; newspaper publisher, Litchfield Park, Ariz. 1962-1967; administrative assistant, United States Senator Frank Carlson 1967-1968; administrative assistant, United States Congressman Keith Sebelius 1968-1980; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1981-January 2, 1997); chair, Committee on Agriculture (One Hundred Fourth Congress); not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1996, but was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1996; reelected in 2002, 2008, and again in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021; chair, Select Committee on Ethics (One Hundred Sixth and One Hundred Seventh Congresses [November 9, 1999-January 3, 2001; January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001]), Select Committee on Intelligence (One Hundred Eighth and One Hundred Ninth Congresses), Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (One Hundred Fourteenth Congress).

Congresswoman

Lynn Jenkins

JENKINS, Lynn, a Representative from Kansas; born in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kans., June 10, 1963; A.A., Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kans., 1985; B.S., Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, 1985; accountant; member of the Kansas state house of representatives, 1999-2001; member of the Kansas state senate, 2001-2003; Kansas state treasurer, 2003-2008; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eleventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2009-present).

Congressman

Kevin Yoder

YODER, Kevin, a Representative from Kansas; born in Hutchison, Reno County, Kans., January 8, 1976; B.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., 1999; J.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., 2002; lawyer, private practice; member of the Kansas state house of representatives, 2002-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).

Congressman

Mike Pompeo

POMPEO, Mike, a Representative from Kansas; born in Orange, Orange County, Calif., December 30, 1963; B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1986; J.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1994; United States Army, 1986-1991; business executive; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).

Congressman

Tim Huelskamp

HUELSKAMP, Tim, a Representative from Kansas; born in Fowler, Meade County, Kans., November 11, 1968; B.A., College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, N.M., 1991; Ph.D., American University, Washington, D.C., 1995; farmer; legislative analyst; member of Kansas state senate, 1996-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
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