Bud Estes (R-Kansas Senate District 38)



  • Born Oct 4, 1946 in Dodge City, Kansas
  • Graduated from: Bucklin Grade School 1960
  • Bucklin High School 1964
  • Fort Hays State University 1968
  • Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity
  • FHSU Football Team -1965 thru 1968
  • 1968 to present- Owner(Family Corp)/ Board of Directors Member/ A Former Manager Bucklin Tractor/Bti/
  • Worked in sales, sales management and management
  • 1969 Minneola Lions Club
  • 1970 to present, Bucklin Lions Club
  • 1970 Bucklin City Council
  • 1969 to 1993 Owner Operator of irrigated farming and cattle operation
  • 1976-1990 Mayor, City of Bucklin
  • 1978 Fort Hays State Young Alumni Award in recognition of professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards, or other accomplishments.
  • 1995 FHSU Nita M. Landrum Award — given to alumni or friends who have provided sustained volunteer service for the betterment of the Alumni Association or the university.
  • 1985-1992 director of DCF&B Railroad
  • 1993-present time, Dodge City Roundup Board of Directors
  • 1999 Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 2000 Ford County Planning Commission
  • 2005 Ford County New Jail Committee
  • 2007 Manager BTI Ness City
  • 2007 Ness City Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009 Ness City Rotary Club
  • 2009 to present, Board of Directors of Ford County Economic Development Corp
  • 2010 to present, Board of Directors of the Fort Hays State University Foundation
  • 2014 Kansas House of Representatives, 119th District, Dodge City
  • 2014 Served on the KDOT Freight Route Committee, analyzing highway, rail and air systems in Kansas.
  • 2014 to present- Serving on Jobs for Americas Graduates, Kansas Board of Directors
  • 2015 to present- Serving as a Commissioner for State of Kansas on The Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission
  • 2015 Retired from the family business in order to devote the necessary time required to better serve the 119th District here in Dodge City.
  • 2016 Chairman of the Dodge City, Ford County Development Corp board of directors
  • 2016 Co-chair of Dodge City Chamber of Commerce Task force committee


Wife, Renae Estes
3 sons, Tad, Brad, and Jordan. all graduated from University of Kansas
1 daughter, Lani. Graduated from Oklahoma University
2 grandsons, Talon and Ridge

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

I don’t think anyone has all the answers at this point. There will be much to be considered when we get back to Topeka in January. It is not looking too promising right now for significant help from the ag economy which, being so low, has caused the state much difficulty. Expense cutting will, I’m sure, be looked at again and then, possible reasonable tax policy changes are likely coming. All of these factors must be considered by all of us before an actual working plan comes forward. We will have a balanced budget and, hopefully, developed with the best interest of the state and tax payers in mind.

What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?

My concern in the new funding bill is in the equality as written in the constitution. I worry about the small districts and the ones with extra needs. The weighting system must be maintained to have any hope of equality. Closing small schools to save a few bucks but destroying the rural way of life in the process is not the answer either. I have not served on the education committee and am no expert in the formula process, but I’m certain that in any successful formula developed, it will take educators as well as legislators working together.
As our schools grow, they will require more funding but it must be done with consideration of all the other functions that must be funded in the state. Education is a top priority and where K-12 receives over 50% of our total budget, no body can deny it. When funds get more plentiful again, it will be easier to address more funding for the schools. I’m not against more funding for education, I just feel that it must be done in a way reflecting “how much can we afford?”, given the current situation.

What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?

The number one priority will be the budget as discussed in the first question. Until the financial situation improves, not much else will get better. It doesn’t matter if you are talking schools, highways, Medicaid, corrections or anything else. It’s all tied to money and the budget. One way or another, it will get better