- Education: J.D., University of Kansas School of Law; B.S., Economics, University of Kansas
- Current occupation and employer: U.S. Senate, Kansans
- Current and previous elective offices:
- Kansas State Senate (1989-1997)
- U.S. Congress (1996-2010)
- U.S. Senate (2010-present)
Married to Robba Moran with children Kelsey and Alex.
What one specific issue do you think deserves your immediate attention in Washington, and how do you plan to address it?
There is no group of Americans I hold in higher regard than our nation’s heroes. During my time in Congress – as a member of both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees – I have made improving the quality of life for the nearly 250,000 veterans living in Kansas a top priority. Especially at a time when thousands of troops are returning from battle and the needs of aging veterans are increasing, I am committed to keeping our promise to those who have served our country.
There are many hard-working employees and practitioners in the VA who provide critical support to veterans in healthcare and benefits. However, I continue to hear stories from Kansans struggling to access care and from local Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) frustrated with the VA benefits and claims process. Absurd timelines to process claims remain a 9-to-18 month waiting game. Our veterans deserve better; they deserve the best our nation has to offer. I will continue working to hold leadership at the VA accountable, and will not rest until Kansas veterans have a Department of Veterans Affairs worthy of their service and sacrifice.
Please provide a one to two paragraph explanation of your stance on each of the following: Immigration, Health Care, Economic Issues, Foreign Policy.
Immigration: Illegal immigration is a serious problem with broad consequences for our country. America’s immigration system is clearly broken and must be addressed. Top priorities for any immigration reforms should be to ensure our country is safe and our borders are secure. For undocumented immigrants living in America, I oppose blanket amnesty and believe that those with criminal records should not be shielded from deportation by “sanctuary city” policies. The legitimate immigration processes must be reformed to enable those who wish to come to the United States legally are able to do so in a timely and appropriate manner while within the bounds of American laws.
Health Care: The Affordable Care Act has burdened millions of Americans with a litany of broken promises, higher taxes, increasing health insurance costs, reduced health care choices, and burdensome mandates and regulations that stifle economic growth. We can and must do better. We should replace Obamacare step-by-step with a market-oriented alternative that enables individuals to purchase affordable health coverage that fits their unique needs while lowering overall costs by increasing competition and choice.
Economic Issues: In my view, the greatest threat we have to being able to pursue the American Dream is the debt and deficit. Congress is hemorrhaging money at an alarming rate. Spending trillions of dollars that we do not have undermines economic growth today while dumping a massive financial burden on our children and grandchildren. Additionally, the current tax code negatively impacts our economy. It must be overhauled to make America a better place to raise a family, buy a home, start a business, and create jobs. I am the lead sponsor of the FairTax, legislation that would fundamentally simplify the tax code and abolish the IRS while creating a flatter, more fair system that benefits Americans of all incomes while supercharging the economy.
Foreign Policy: The security and safety of the American homeland is a paramount responsibility for those elected to serve in Washington. It’s clear that in the 15 years since 9/11, the threats this nation faces from Islamic extremism remain very real. With the ever changing threats to our national security, our military cannot afford the reduced readiness that results from force reductions. I will continue advocating for our servicemembers and military installations in Kansas and their supportive communities. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I can directly impact the funding priorities of our nation’s military.
This election season has seen a lot of divisiveness. If elected, how do you propose working with the other party to address the issues facing Kansans today?
Our nation is going off-course — out-of-control spending threatens our national security and our children’s future, high taxes and burdensome regulations make it hard to start and run a small business, and the fundamental right to live according to your beliefs is under attack. Both parties are to blame, as Democrats and Republicans often seem more interested in scoring political points than solving problems. Kansans are looking for principled, conservative leadership that will actually get things done. That’s who I am, what I’ve done, and what I will continue to do.
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