|Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 30th district
|Born||September 27, 1953|
|Alma mater||Wichita State University|
Wagle has a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University. From 1979-1982 she was a teacher in the Wichita Public Schools. She then became involved in real-estate investment. She was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1990 and to the Kansas State Senate in 2000.
She was elected Senate president on Dec. 3, 2012, winning 23-9 over Sen. Steve Abrams of Arkansas City. A cancer survivor, she is the Kansas Senate's first female president, and the first Senate president from Wichita. She began serving as Senate president in 2013.
Wagle lives in Wichita and is married to Tom Wagle.
Wagle serves on these legislative committees:
- Local Government (vice-chair)
- Joint Committee on Children's Issues
- Ethics and Elections
Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Wagle includes:
- Constitutional amendment to have supreme court justices' appointments subject to consent of the senate.
- A bill to create a budget stabilization fund
- A bill regarding the right to bear arms
Some of the top contributors to Wagle's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:
- Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee, Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas Optometric Association, Koch Industries, Heart PAC
Health care companies were her largest donor group.
- Kansas Senate
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Follow the Money campaign contributions