During an April 21st convention of 37th District precinct leaders, I was elected to the Kansas Senate to replace former Sen. Pat Apple, who was appointed to the Kansas Corporation Commission by Gov. Sam Brownback. I took my seat in the Senate chamber during the 2014 veto session and represented you during many important votes.
To fill out the final two years of Sen. Apple’s term, I was on the ballot in the 2014 primary and general elections. Today I am running for election to a four year term in the Kansas Senate.
So, who am I? My professional background is in education, healthcare and business. When you scan the news, online or in our local newspapers, these are hot topics receiving the most attention. Each weekend that I attend area legislative breakfasts, I find that’s true in our Kansas Senate as well. You deserve a candidate that has a strong working grasp of the current issues and is committed to being a contributor in the legislative process.
With the recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling on education funding, parents, students, and educators need leadership from people that truly understand the education landscape in our state. Specifically, I taught at the K-12 level for seven years and currently am an active member of two USD vocational technology (AV Communications Pathway) advisory boards. In addition, I’ve served as a faculty member and program coordinator at Johnson County Community College for seven years.
Though I’m not a career politician, I’m certainly not new to Republican efforts in our state and specifically in Miami and Johnson Counties. For 18 years I served as a countywide elected member of the JCCC Board of Trustees. In that time, I fought against tax increases and for innovative programming that would lead to solid employment or college transfer. I have also actively worked on dozens of Republican political campaigns on the local, state and national level.
I feel very connected to the people and issues of this area because I lived in Johnson County for 37 years and have been a resident of Miami County for 10 years. Regardless of the county line, the voters I talked with weren’t divided about what was important to them: Our schools, our tax burden, our healthcare, and our ability to create new jobs in Kansas.
I hope to earn your support and your vote during the upcoming state elections.
The Baumgardner family
Brian and I have been married for 27 years. We both grew up in Olathe and are graduates of Olathe High School. Brian had a dental practice in Olathe for ten years and has been a professor of anatomy at JCCC for more than 30 years.
We have four children: Katie Jo graduated from law school, passed the bar and is a practicing attorney in the Kansas City metro area. Her husband, Justin, is working to complete his grad school requirements and dissertation. Paul has been doing undergrad teaching and is finishing his dissertation. He and his fiance are getting married this fall.
Gwendolyn has moved from being a news reporter to the morning news anchor desk. Amelia is continuing her college studies in communication disorders with an emphasis on audiology.
Molly's speech before the nominating convention at the Spring Hill High School.