Jo Schwartz (D-Kansas House District 70)


  • Started her business 10 years ago, (Burning Tree Art), from the ground up
  • Operated an Art Gallery featuring her Pyrography for the past 5 years
  • Executive Director of the Abilene Chapter of the American Red Cross during the floods of 1993, Two (2) major earthquakes, and the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Customer Service Director for an Insurance Company, traveling the US and Canada
  • Working with the elderly in a Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Kiwanis member for 12 years and donated countless hours of volunteer service to her surrounding community, elected to serve two (2) terms as Lt. Governor for the Division
  • Administrator for the K-Kids clubs across Kansas


Jo and husband of 38 years, Tom, have lived in Abilene 37 years where they raised 3 daughters and now have 3 grandchildren.

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

We must rescind the 2012 Brownback tax experiment that failed, and return revenue. Real revenue, not the swiping of KDOT, KPERS, and the Children’s Initiative fund, in an attempt to make the budget appear balanced. We also have to stop refusing the Federal dollars for Medicaid expansion and do what is right to save our rural hospitals. There won’t be any quick fixes on this embarrassing situation, but I will be a strong voice who will stand up for the PEOPLE of KANSAS.

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

We need to get rid of the Block Grants and return to the school formula that was working. I will look at any new proposals brought forth by people in education, but no more passing the buck session after legislative session. We do not need to spend more dollars in litigation because the past legislatures try to get away with as little as possible while playing the shell game of funneling dollars through the state.

As for additional funding – yes I support additional funding, however it will not be possible until that 2012 failed tax experiment is rescinded.

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

Balancing the budget.
Kansans by nature, are resilient and come together in times of crisis to assist each other as good neighbors do. It is going to take everyone pulling together to FIX this man-made crisis, and I believe the good people will not hesitate to pay their fair share of income tax to begin the climb out of debt.

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