Benjamin Poteete (D-Kansas Senate District 26)


  • Former Paratrooper and Non-Commissioned Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division.
  • Former Geographer for the Department of Interior.
  • 2015 Wichita State University graduate in Geography and History.
  • Currently a graduate student at Friends University in International Business (GMBA). One semester remaining.


31 years old, married, one son, two dogs.

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

We need smart people in Topeka with fair and balanced ideas that are proven to work. No more experiments. This starts with removing all of the tax loopholes, tax cuts, and other tax reform measures. Nothing crazy, just getting back to the basics of an economy that has been proven to work. This will, unfortunately, take many years to fix or even longer if we do not elect enough moderate republicans and democrats this November.

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

I would support an adequate, suitable, and constitutionally funded school finance formula that took into account the students needs of each individual district. The old formula worked this way, however, it was never funded to the correct levels. Clearly, students and then teachers should be the main focus of schools, but administration and management are needed functions as well.

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

Without increased state revenue, there will be no money for schools or other state funded programs. The economy of the state and bringing in more revenue are very important. My number one priority is actually three: remove the 2012 tax exemptions and loopholes for businesses, reform the state income tax codes, and create a program that does what the tax cuts were supposed to do, provide incentives for businesses that grow, hire individuals off of unemployment, and Kansas college graduates.

School funding and other issues can be properly handled as soon as we do this.