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.
Helen Van Etten was re-elected in 2016 to a four-year term as the national committeewoman of the Republican Party of Kansas. Van Etten is also a member of The Kansas Board of Regents.
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Helen Van Etten was elected in 2008 as the Kansas Republican Party National Committeewoman. She has served as a delegate at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Republican National Conventions. She has also served on the Budget Committee, RNC Site Selection Committee and RNC debate Committee. She currently serves as the RNC Rule Committee as well as the RNC Executive Committee.
Van Etten has been an active in the Kansas Republican Party for over 20 years. She served as the president of the Kansas-Federation of Republican Women's Shawnee Chapter. Van Etten is a national board member of the National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs. She also served as a trustee to the PAC Maggie’s List, which seeks to increase the number of Republican women elected to public office. She is the secretary for Republicans Overseas.
Since 1985, Helen Van Etten has been an audiologist. She works for the Topeka School District as the chief audiologist. In 1988, Van Etten was on the board of directors for the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and remained on the board until 2006. Between 2004 and 2007, she served on the advisory committee for KAN Be Healthy, a Kansas State Medicaid program for youths and young adults. In 2010, Van Etten was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series.
In 2013, she was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Kansas GovernorSam Brownback (R). She has served on several of the board's committees, including chair of the Academic Affairs Standing Committee, the Midwest Higher Education Compact as a representative and commissioner, Washburn University Board of Regents, and the Higher Education and K-12 Coordination Council.
Helen Van Etten holds a Masters Degree in Audiology from Wayne State University and a Doctorate in Audiology from University of Florida.
Mark Kahrs was elected to the Republican National Committee as the National Committeeman for Kansas in 2016. Mark has been active in Kansas politics for over twenty-five (25) years serving in various offices within the Kansas Republican Party including former Chairman of the Sedgwick County Republican Party and Chairman of the Fourth District Republican Committee. He currently serves on the Kansas Republican State Committee.
A fourth generation Kansan, Mark Kahrs grew up in Wichita and graduated from Wichita High School East. He earned his B.A. in Business Management from Wichita State University and his Juris Doctor, with Dean’s Honors, from Washburn University School of Law in 1991. Mark also served as Associate Editor of the Washburn Law Journal.
Mark is a member of the Kansas State House of Representatives where he has served since 2013. He serves as Chairman of the House Elections Committee and serves on the House Appropriations Committee and House Judiciary Committee. Mark previously served as Vice Chairman of the Kansas Republican House Campaign Committee (RHCC). Mark is retiring from the Kansas State House of Representatives at the end of his current term after serving two terms.
Mark is a small business owner and practices law in his own law firm in the area of creditor law. His clients include small businesses, corporations, partnerships, government agencies and individuals. He is licensed in Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee.
Mark is married to Sherri and they have three daughters; Claire (16), Megan (14) and Elise (6). Mark and his family are members of Heartland Community Church in Wichita.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).