Our Gala Banquet guest of honor this Kansas Days weekend is no stranger to the Kansas Republican Assembly. He’s been a familiar face, a supporter practically since the beginning, first as a state senator, now as congressman. In 2002, he was selected for the KRA Ronald Reagan Outstanding Leadership Award.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp is about as conservative as they come. First elected in 1996 to represent folks from southwestern Kansas to Topeka, he swiftly became known as an unshakeable force on both the life and tax issues, compromising not an inch.
In the 14 years he served his senate district, Huelskamp served on various committees, including Ways & Means, Agriculture, Education, and Elections & Local Government, the last of which included being on the subcommittee in charge of redistricting in 2002. His expertise from past experience as a farmer, teacher, and statistical analyst contributed to his many decisions made in those committees.
In 2008, Tim prepared to run for Congress when Rep. Jerry Moran was rumored to be considering leaving his seat. This didn’t pan out, but laid the grassroots and fundraising groundwork for his successful 2010 bid for the same seat. On January 3, 2011, Tim took the oath of office, along with 83 other freshman Republicans elected in the November elections.
I first came to know Tim in 2000 when I interned for State Rep. Peggy (Long) Mast. She made a point to introduce us early in the session, telling me I had to know this young senator. Before I knew it, I was splitting my time between Peggy’s office and Tim’s. Two years later, I asked to intern for him again.
In the two sessions I worked for Tim, I came to regard him as one of the most stalwart persons I knew—and know. He’s challenged me to be a better conservative, a better Christian, and now a better wife and mother.
I’m so glad to call him friend. I hope you’ll join us for the 2011 Gala Banquet where you can have a chance to hear and meet this most honorable man.