New Members 2010 - Kansas

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SEN.-ELECT JERRY MORAN (R-KAN.)

Date of birth: May 29, 1954
Birthplace: Great Bend, Kan.
Residence: Hays, Kan.
Occupation: Banker, lawyer, adjunct professor
Education: B.S., J.D., University of Kansas
Previous office held: Congressman
Family: Wife, Robba; two children

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Jerry Moran won’t be lost on Capitol Hill like some of his Senate freshman colleagues could be — he served Kansas’s 1st district in the House since 1997 before running for former Sen. Sam Brownback’s (R) seat.

The Kansan has a long history of holding office; he served in the Kansas state senate for eight years, eventually rising to majority leader before running for Congress in 1996. Moran earned the Republican nomination for Senate over his House colleague Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.).

Moran prides himself on his frequent visits to his home state — he said he’s hosted nearly 900 town hall meetings since taking office, and traveled back to his enormous home district every single weekend. During his campaign, Moran positioned himself to take up the conservative mantle left by Brownback, who left the Senate to run for governor. Moran says he sponsored the first bill to repeal the Democrats’ healthcare reform law and says he will focus on reducing the size of government.


REP.-ELECT TIM HUELSKAMP (R-KAN.-01)

Date of birth: Nov. 11, 1968
Birthplace: Fowler, Kan.
Residence: Fowler, Kan.
Occupation: State senator
Education: B.A., College of Santa Fe; Ph.D., American University
Previous office held: State senator, 1997-2011
Family: Wife, Angela; four children

Tim Huelskamp swept to victory in Kansas’ 1st district, besting Democratic nominee Alan Jilka and Libertarian nominee Jack W. Warner for Rep. Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) former seat, which he gave up to pursue a Senate bid.

Huelskamp beat out five other candidates for the GOP nomination and ended up raising more than eight times as much money as Jilka. For the past 14 years Huelskamp has served in the state Senate, where he has held committee assignments in areas ranging from agriculture and energy to education and technology.

Huelskamp is an avid advocate for fiscal responsibility and tax reform and, prior to his work in his state’s Legislature, worked as a budget and legislative analyst for New Mexico. He has stated his opposition to the stimulus and bailout measures and promised not to support any tax increases in the next Congress.

Huelskamp grew up on his family’s corn, cattle and wheat farm in Kansas. He has four adopted children, two of whom are from Haiti.


REP.-ELECT KEVIN YODER (R-KAN.-03)

Date of birth: Jan. 8, 1976
Birthplace: Hutchinson, Kan.
Residence: Overland Park, Kan.
Occupation: State representative
Education: B.A., J.D., University of Kansas
Previous office held: State representative
Family: Wife, Brooke Robinson

Kevin Yoder has already devoted his relatively short career to public service, serving his fourth term in the Kansas State Assembly.

The fifth-generation Kansan, who “grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Yoder,” defeated Stephene Moore, the wife of retiring Rep. Dennis Moore, to represent the state’s 3rd congressional district.Yoder touted his long record of “fiscal responsibility,” earned over his eight years in the State Legislature, where he served as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He also served for two years as the chairman of the House General Government Budget Committee.

According to his campaign website, Yoder is responsible for “cutting more spending than any other Appropriations chair in Kansas history.”


REP.-ELECT MIKE POMPEO (R-KAN.-04)

Date of birth: Dec. 30, 1963
Birthplace: Orange, Calif.
Residence: Wichita, Kan.
Occupation: President, Sentry International
Education: B.S. in engineering management (Mechanical Engineering), United States Military Academy at West Point; J.D., Harvard Law School
Previous office held: None
Family: Wife, Susan; one child

Republican Mike Pompeo defeated Democrat Raj Goyle and will take over Kansas’s 4th congressional district, held by Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt for seven terms.
Tiahrt decided to run for governor, but lost the GOP primary to Sen. Sam Brownback.

Pompeo, a California native, won a five-person primary in August, and was endorsed by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, as well as Tea Party groups.

The West Point grad graduated first in his 1986 class, and has served as one of Kansas’s three RNC members since 2008. The Harvard law school alumnus settled in Kansas in 1996, when he founded Thayer Aerospace. In 2006, he sold interest in that company to become president of Sentry International, an oil-field services company.