As the second-longest tenured Democrat in the chamber of our nation’s ultra conservative State Senate, I vehemently fight against onerous policies that trend towards hurting hardworking and honest Kansas families. Although challenging as it may be, it is my honor to represent you in the State Senate and the values we share in our area.

Now, it is already rumored that I will face stiff opposition for re-election next term. Perhaps it’s because I have challenged the stagnant status quo at the county level, or maybe it’s because I champion progressive issues in the State Legislature. Since being elected, I’ve not only represented the interests of the 4th District but all progressive and fiscally conservative citizens of Kansas. To deal with the state economy, I have focused on reduction of the state debt and deficit; eradicating waste, fraud, and abuse; and responsibly balancing the state budget, while preserving vital services and programming.

As the only lawyer in the Kansas Senate and Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary, your support maintains a unique voice, opposing legislative and executive branch efforts to co-opt the judicial branch of the Kansas government. Your vote also reflects solid support on a broad range of legal issues; often with social policy implications.  I am proud to say that I have consistently been a courageous voice for progressive causes such as: safe access to medical cannabis, tougher sentences for perpetrators of hate crimes, a concurrent resolution urging the U.S. Congress to get money out of politics by overturning Citizens United, and critical appropriations to fund our state’s public schools after a tax cut for wealthy Kansans left a substantial deficit in our state budget.

I’ve become this most effective Democrat (in a Republican-dominated Senate) because of supporters like you. Will you contribute today? I honestly believe that with your help, I will proudly serve another Senate term.

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