Kansas State Senate President Susan Wagle Raises $400,000 During The
First Week Of Her Campaign For U.S. Senate
WICHITA - Kansas State Senate President and Republican candidate for United States Senate Susan Wagle (R-KS) continues to build momentum as she launched her bid to replace the retiring Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). In just one week, Wagle has already raised $400,000.
Susan Wagle said: "I am humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign has received from all corners of Kansas. Throughout my career I have fought tirelessly for the dignity of each and every human life, to reduce the tax burden on hardworking Kansans, and bring transparency to our government. I am heartened that our conservative message resonates with supporters all across Kansas and they are joining our campaign. I do not take their support lightly and I am committed to running an efficient and effective campaign to bring our positive message of Kansas values to voters."
Here is a sample of the coverage Wagle's campaign launch has received:
"At the Statehouse, Wagle quickly emerged as a vocal critic of Kelly's administration. She and other top Republicans argued that a Medicaid expansion plan favored by Kelly would prove too expensive and blocked a vote in the Senate after the House approved it."
- John Hanna, Associated Press
"Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle took the plunge Wednesday by launching a Republican campaign for the U.S. Senate entrenched in conservative abortion, tax and health care roots formed during a nearly 30-year career in state legislative politics."
- Tim Carpenter, Hutchinson News
"Wagle has cast herself as one of the most vocal opponents of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, clashing with her on tax policy and other issues. That role could be an asset as she seeks the nomination against a crowded GOP field."
- Bryan Lowry, Kansas City Star
"I do think it's good for her to get in now. In the current climate, being a woman is a big advantage."
- Bob Beatty, Political Science Professor, Washburn University as quoted in The Hutchinson News
"(Wagle as the lone female GOP candidate) going to appeal to a lot of people across the state."
- Kelly Arnold, former chair of the Kansas Republican Party, as quoted by the Kansas City Star
ABOUT SUSAN WAGLE
Susan Wagle has a been a ground-breaking conservative leader for Kansas for over two decades.
First elected to the Kansas State House of Representatives in 1990, Susan would rise to become the first female Speaker Pro Tem in 1994. In 2000, Susan would be elected to the Kansas State Senate and in 2012 she would be elected by her peers as Kansas' 47thSenate President of Kansas. Susan is the first female Kansas State Senate President and the first senate president from Wichita.
Susan has been an unflinching voice defending the most vulnerable in our society and for a Culture of Life. She saw first-hand the inhumanity of Dr. George Tiller's abortion practice when she sought a pregnancy test. While Susan was not pregnant, she was appalled to learn that the women's clinic on the busiest street in her home town offering "free" services was actually a clinic that specialized in terminating late term abortions for women around the world.
As Speaker Pro Tem of the Kansas State House, Susan passed Kansas' first pro-life legislation, the Women's Right to Know Act, that gave women seeking a late-term abortion more information about their unborn child's development. Susan has sponsored legislation banning dismemberment abortions and led the effort to condemn New York's heinous law expanding late term abortion rights.
Susan has been an advocate for Kansas' taxpayers and small businesses, earning a perfect rating from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry has named her a pro-jobs legislator. She worked across the aisle to sponsor legislation that would bring more transparency to state contracts as well as calling for an audit and review of how taxpayer dollars were spent at the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA). It was Susan's work that led to the shuttering of the KBA because of their abuse of taxpayer dollars.
In December 2017, Susan met with the Kansas City-based Women's Foundation to discuss their recommendations for new harassment policies for the statehouse. Susan has been a leader in updating the statehouse's sexual harassment policies which had not been revised in over 23 years. She assisted with the implementation of harassment training for all staff, interns, and legislators and has remained committed to creating a safe work environment for everyone at the Kansas Capitol.
Susan has not only been involved in policymaking, she has been a leader in her local community. Susan served on the Sedgwick County Mental Health Advisory Board, served as a member of the Kansas University Integrative Medicine Board of Directors, and as National Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Board of Directors. A cancer survivor herself, Susan also served on the Board of Directors for Victory in the Valley that provides support for cancer patients and their families in the Wichita-area.
But of all her accomplishments, Susan and her husband Tom are most proud to be parents of seven children and grandparents to 15 grandchildren.
To learn more about Susan Wagle, click here to download her campaign media kit.