Susan Fowler (D-Kansas Senate District 17)


  • Information Management Consultant/Law Librarian, Lyon County Law Library
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Kansas
  • Master’s of Library Science. Emporia State University
  • Certificate of Legal Information Management, Emporia State University/Univ of KS School of Law
  • Chair, Lyon County Democratic Party 2008 – present
  • Chair, Kansas Democratic County Chairs Caucus 2013 – present


Youngest of four children of Wayne and Jo Anne Fowler; married for 21 years to Robert Grover.
We make our home on a portion of the Fowler farm established in 1855.

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

Our budget is impacted adversely by a consistent lack of revenue. Our Constitution requires a balanced budget, and it calls for an equitable and sustainable taxation system.

We must resolve our revenue shortfalls by repealing the 2012 and 2013 tax cuts. Our agencies’ budgets have been cut to the point that our government is not fulfilling its responsibilities to its citizens.

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

We need to return to our previous school funding formula and fund it fully. We also need to review it to ensure it meets 21st century needs and make any needed adjustments.

I believe that the future of Kansas depends on our next generations, who must have an excellent education. Therefore, I support providing adequate school funding to our public schools as our Constitution mandates. (“The legislature shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.”)

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

My decision to run for this office was spurred by watching too many residents work hard and still struggle to make ends meet while raising families. My top priority is to fix the economy by repealing the stifling tax cuts of 2012 and 2013. I believe there will be enough like-minded legislators to work with next January so that change will be possible. It won’t be easy because our economic situation is dire. However, if we put our state and people first, we can solve the challenges before us.

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