Ponka-We Victors

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Ponka-We Victors (born July 7, 1981) is a community support worker from Wichita, Kansas who has been a Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 103, since 2011.[1][2] She is the only Native American in the Kansas legislature; and believes she may be the only one in the state's history.

Background[edit]

Victors is a member of the Ponca and Tohono O'odham tribes of Native Americans, and a lifelong resident of Wichita. She earned a Bachelor's degree in biology from Newman University in 2005, and a Masters of Public Administration from Wichita State University in 2008.

Elected office[edit]

Victors, who had worked as a Congressional intern, had been a long-time backer of Delia Garcia, the incumbent Representative from the 103rd District, when at the last moment Garcia, instead of running for re-election, instead helped Victors (then 28) file as the only candidate for the 2010 Democratic primary election just hours before the filing deadline, thus making her the presumptive winner (the last Republican to vie for this seat was in 1998, when incumbent Democrat Thomas Klein polled 57% of the vote in a three-way race).[3] Victors won election unopposed in the November general election.[4]

In 2012, she beat challenger Angela Martinez in the Democratic primary and was again unopposed in the November general election.[5][6][7]

"Illegal immigrants" speech[edit]

In 2013, Victors drew national attention when during a hearing on a bill to deny in-state tuition to Kansas high school graduates who were undocumented immigrants, Victors addressed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and other advocates of the bill, saying, "I think it’s funny Mr. Kobach, because when you mention illegal immigrant, I think of all of you."[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Victors is currently employed by a company called Behavioral Link.

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