About Tom

I’m a proud graduate of Kansas State University with a B.S. in Math Education, a M.S. in Counseling and a doctorate degree in Educational Administration. While a student senator at Kansas State University in 1967-68, I sponsored a bill that helped construct the Wildcat’s football stadium.

Working in the Manhattan-Ogden public schools for 33 years, I began my career as a junior high math teacher and counselor. For 25 years I served as a curriculum director, assistant superintendent for personnel and finance, and then as superintendent for the 2000-2001 school year. Now that I’m retired, I’m ready to continue bringing new ideas to the legislature and to commit my time to working and fighting for the citizens of District 22 and Kansas.

I’m also a long time local businessman that has provided wedding, recital and graduation photography in several states. I know what it means to meet a payroll and how important it is to have a vibrant economy for Manhattan-Junction City, Clay Center, our entire region, and for the state of Kansas. Believing that economic development is extremely important and that good strategic planning is essential, I have previously been active on the City of Manhattan’s Comprehensive Land Use Task Force.

Since running for the Kansas House in 2002, I have had a very exciting and interesting political career added on to my public education and business adventures.  I served in the House for six years from 2005-2010.  I then was appointed by the Board and the Governor to serve as Executive Director of the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board and see first hand how my own Professional Counseling License was managed and regulated along with Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and recently Addiction Counselors.  In 2012 and in 2016, I was elected to my current four term as State Senator for the Riley, Geary and Clay County District #22.  I currently serve as Ranking Member on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.   

I’ve been involved in numerous community organizations over the years including being a member of the Rotary Club, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the KSU Alumni Association, the Governor’s Military Council, and serving on the boards of my church and of the Manhattan Emergency Shelter. And here's some more that have given me a good background about many of the things that make our communities a great place to live, work, and raise a family:

  • Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Manhattan Arts Center Board, Treasurer
  • United Way Board of Directors
  • Red Cross Board
  • Emergency Shelter Board
  • Manhattan Youth Care Board
  • Junior Achievement Board
  • Optimist Club
  • Rotary Club
  • ECM (Ecumenical Campus Ministry at KSU) Board
  • Future Manhattan Leadership Program
  • Chair Education Committee Local Church
  • USD#383 Bond Election Steering Committee
  • Superintendent & Assistant Supt. of Schools—Attend all Board of Education Meetings
  • Chair Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Drug and Alcohol Prevention
  • Bread Basket Volunteer
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Volunteer
  • Project Graduation Volunteer
  • Delta Upsilon Alumnus of the Year
  • President of Manhattan Teachers Association
  • Vice-Chair KSU Student Senate
  • Member KSU Alumni Association
  • State Presidents for Three Organizations:   AARP, State Curriculum Directors (KASCD), State School Administrators Association (USA)
  • Member National Board of Directors:  ASCD –Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Member State Board of Directors:  KSDC—Kansas Staff Development Council
  • Manhattan Flint Hills Job Corps National Alpha Award Nomination of  outstanding local leadership on behalf of Job Corps
  • Outstanding Staff Development Program in Kansas by the Kansas Staff Development Council
  • National Photographer Customer of the Year for Candid Color Systems of Oklahoma City, OK
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration, M.S. in Counseling, BS in Mathematics—Kansas State University
  • LPC—Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Numerous Leadership, Management and Financial Operation Workshops while Superintendent and
  • Assistant Suptintenent for Business and Operations USD #383
  • Mediation Training—Court Ordered
  • Professional Labor-Management Negotiations:   Interest Based Bargaining using the Harvard Model

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