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Kansas Senators

Sen. Franklin T. (Terry) Bruce

Senate District No. 34

Sen. Bruce is of counsel with the law firm of Forker, Suter and Rose in Hutchinson. He was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004 and again in 2008 and 2012. He previously served as an assistant county attorney in Reno County. Bruce is a member of the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Judiciary, Natural Resources and Utilities and is a member of other joint committees. Bruce received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Sen. David Haley

Senate District No. 4
D-Kansas City

Sen. Haley is the managing partner of Village East, a redevelopment company in Kansas City, Kan. He served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1994-2000 and elected to the Kansas Senate in 2000. He was reelected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Haley is the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare. He is also a member of other joint committees. Haley received his J.D. from Howard University.

Sen. Jeff King

Senate District No. 15


Sen. King is the owner of King Law Offices of Independence. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008 and re-elected in 2008 and 2010. King was appointed to fill the vacancy in the Kansas Senate when Derek Schmidt ascended to Kansas Attorney General. King was re-elected to Senate District 15 this past election cycle. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Kansas Representatives

Rep. John Barker

House District No. 70


Rep. Barker is a farmer, retired District Court Judge, and U.S. Army veteran. Barker served 25 years as a judge for the Eighth Judicial District covering Dickinson, Geary, Marion, and Morris counties. Barker has been recognized for his work with Kansas youth—championing initiatives to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, working with local school districts to reduce truancy rates, and working with juvenile offender programs. Barker and his wife of 30 years, live in Dickinson County where they raised their two children.

Rep. Steve Becker

House District No. 104


Rep. Becker is a retired District Court Judge for Reno County. Becker was appointed in June 1981 and retired in January 2007. Prior to his appointment Becker practiced in Hutchinson. Becker graduated from Washburn Law School in 1975.

Rep. Robert Bruchman

House District No. 20
R-Overland Park


Robert Bruchman was elected to the Kansas House in 2010. He is a principal in his own law firm specializing in business law, including business formation, mergers and acquisition, financing and complex business planning. Bruchman is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, House Commerce Committee and House Utilities Committee. Bruchman received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Rep. John Carmichael

House District No. 92


John Carmichael represents the 92nd District in Wichita. He earned is Political Science degree from University of Kansas in 1979, his Administration of Justice degree from Wichita State University in 1980 and his law degree from KU School of Law in 1982. Carmichael is Of Counsel with the law firm of Conlee, Schmidt and Emerson, LLP in Wichita. Carmichael has been a member of the Wichita Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Association for over 30 years. Carmichael will serve on House Judiciary, Elections and Energy/Environment committees this year.

Rep. Erin Davis

House District No. 15


Erin Davis represents the 15th House District in Olathe. She is filling the unexpired term of retired Rep. Bob Montgomery. She is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas Law School. She is a member of the Rokusek Law Office LLC in Lenexa, specializing in family law, including divorce, custody, child in need of care parent’s attorney and Guardian ad Litem, juvenile offender, and adult criminal work.

Rep. Blain Finch

House District No. 59
R. Ottawa


Rep. Finch is majority owner and president of Green, Finch& Covington Chtd. His practice covers a broad spectrum of legal issues including municipal law, real estate, contracts, corporate law and estate planning. He also teaches at Ottawa University as an adjunct faculty member in the fields of History, Political Science and Pre-Law. Finch is a former city commissioner and Mayor of the City of Ottawa. Finch graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ottawa University with degrees in History, Political Science and Psychology. Finch is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and a member and past president of the Franklin County Bar Association. He attended Washburn University School of Law and graduated Cum Laude.

Rep. Lane Hemsley

House District No. 56

Rep. Lane Hemsley graduated from Washburn University School of Law. He began working for two private law firms in Topeka before being appointed to head the Kansas Dental Board. Hemsley and his wife, Angie, raise their two children in Topeka.

Rep. Dennis "Boog" Highberger

House District No. 56

Rep. Highberger graduated from University of Kansas Law School in 1992. His areas of private practice have included wills, estates, contracts, family law, federal communications law, and general civil practice. Highberger served on the Lawrence City Commission from 2003 to 2009 and was Mayor in 2005/2006. He has been an active member of the Lawrence community, and currently serves on the Douglas County Food Policy Council, the City of Lawrence’s Public Incentives Review Committee (PIRC) and Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB), and the boards of directors of Independence, Inc., the Community Mercantile Education Foundation (CMEF), and the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association (ELNA).

Rep. Mark Kahrs

House District No. 87

Rep.-elect Kahrs 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. Kahrs is a member of the NRA and the Federalist Society. He has been active in Kansas politics for over twenty years serving in various offices within the Kansas Republican Party including former Chairman of the Sedgwick County Republican Party. Kahrs currently serves as chairman of the Fourth District Republican Committee. Kahrs received his J.D. from Washburn School of Law in 1991.

Rep. Charles Macheers

House District No. 39

Rep.-elect Macheers has 12 years of experience in private practice and has assisted clients with a wide range of issues including estate planning, trust, probate administration, and real estate, including; site acquisition, leasing and zoning. Most recently, Macheers worked for a Fortune 100 company where he focused on complex landlord, real estate and contract negotiations. Macheers received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Rep. Craig McPherson

House District No. 8
R-Overland Park

Rep.-elect McPherson attended Claremont McKenna College, one of the few institutions that still have an ideologically balanced faculty. McPherson attended George Mason University, a school that emphasized economics, in addition to the normal law school curriculum and interned in the Justice Department. Today, he owns the McPherson Law Firm, PLLC which focuses on small business formation and business litigation. He is also a deacon at the Presbyterian Church of Stanley.

Rep. Fred Patton

House District No. 102

Rep. Patton graduated from the University of Kansas Law School before joining the legal research staff at the Shawnee County District Court. Currently, Patton owns and operates Patton Law Offices, LLC in North Topeka with a varied practice area including banking, business/corporate, construction, estate planning, general civil, probate, and real estate. Patton is very active in the community having leadership roles in over 15 local groups.

Rep. Jan Pauls

House District No. 102

Rep. Jan Pauls is a sole practitioner with a law office in Hutchinson. She was first appointed to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2001 and elected in 1992 and reelected every two years through 2010. Prior to her appointment to the Kansas Legislature, Pauls served as a District Court Judge in Reno County from 1984-1988 and an assistance county attorney in Reno County. She serves as the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, vice chair of the Committee on Rules and Journal and member of the Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice and a joint committee. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School Of Law.

Rep. John Rubin

House District No. 18

Rep.-elect John Rubin is a former federal administrative law judge and FDIC Regional Counsel. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010 and reelected in 2012. Rubin is a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Rep. James Todd

House District No. 29
R-Overland Park

James Todd was born at Shawnee, Kansas and spent two years at Johnson County Community College where he earned an Associate’s degree before transferring to the University of Kansas to complete the last two years of his Bachelor’s degree, graduating in 2004. Currently, Todd is a small business owner working to build his legal practice in Overland Park. He is focusing his legal practice on small business start-ups. Todd attended the University of Kansas School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2009.

Rep. Jim Ward

House District No. 86

Rep. Jim Ward is the owner of the Law offices of James Ward of Wichita. He was appointed to the Kansas Senate to fill a vacancy in 1992. He was later elected to the Kansas House in 2002 and re-elected every two years through 2012. Ward serves as the Assistant House Minority Leader and is a member of the House Committees on Calendar and Printing, Health and Human Services, Interstate Cooperation, Judiciary and Legislative Budget, as well as several joint committees. He received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.

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