Don Shimkus (D-Kansas Senate District 32)


  • Small business manager
  • Bachelors and Masters in Music
  • President, Oxford USD 358 Board of Education, 12 years of service
  • Immediate Past President, Kansas Association of School Boards
  • Legislative Committee, Kansas Association of School Boards
  • Oxford City Planning Commission
  • Co-founder, Sumner County Leadership Initiative


I live in Oxford with my wife of 25 years, Keri, and we have two boys. Our older son is a sophomore at Kansas State University and our younger son is a junior at Oxford high school.

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

We need a fair tax system. Why are the wealthy not paying taxes, yet those who work for them are? There has been a shift from income tax to sales and property taxes, forcing an undue burden on working Kansans. We need to re-balance the three-legged stool — repeal the 2012 tax plan, lower sales and property taxes, and eliminate the “march to zero” provision.

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

Having served as president of the Kansas Association of School Boards, I have in-depth knowledge of how the state allocates dollars to schools and the impacts of that disbursement. It’s important we return to base state aid per pupil and get serious about a funding formula that respects the value of every Kansas child’s right to an education, whether they live in a rural or an urban district. Education is an investment in our future and we cannot continue to rob Kansas and our children of this fundamental right. I am fully committed to advocating for every Kansas child, teacher, and school.

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

We must face two critical issues – balancing the budget and crafting a new school finance plan. My number one priority is to solve these problems by building working relationships with all my Senate colleagues so we can address these challenges in a manner that best serves every Kansan.

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