John F. Hayes (Kansas legislator)

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John F. Hayes
Majority Leader, Kansas House of Representatives
Personal details
Born December 11, 1919
Salina, Kansas
Died January 14, 2010(2010-01-14) (aged 90)
Hutchinson, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth "Betty" Ireton
Profession Attorney
Religion Catholic

John F. Hayes (December 11, 1919 – January 14, 2010) was a Kansas attorney and former majority leader of the Kansas House of Representatives.[1]

Early Life and Family[edit]

Hayes was born in Salina, Kansas on December 11, 1919 the only child of J. Frank and Helen Dye Hayes. He graduated from Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson Community College, Washburn University and Washburn Law School. While at Washburn, Hayes was initiated into the Kansas Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. While a student at Washburn Law, he and eight other fraternity brothers formed the Free Society of Gnip Gnop. They provided scholarships to Washburn law students for more than sixty years.

On August 10, 1950, he married Elizabeth "Betty" Ireton. Together they had two children, a son, Carl, and a daughter, Chandler. They were grandparents to five children and great grandparents to two children.

Military Service, Legal Career and Business Activities[edit]

Hayes served as Captain in the United States Army with service in the New Hebrides Islands and the Philippines during World War II. Upon his return home and graduation from law school, Hayes was a founding partner of the Gilliland & Hayes law firm, which has offices in Hutchinson, Wichita, Lawrence and Overland Park, Kansas. The firm celebrated its 50th anniversary on December 15, 2009.

Hayes was a Life Member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws serving for more than 30 years, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He served as president of the Reno County Bar Association and the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Foundation.

He was a long-time director of Central Bank & Trust in Hutchinson, Kansas and Waddell & Reed Group of Funds, Overland Park, Kansas. He also served as president of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson Rotary Club, Hutchinson Town Club and Prairie Dunes Country Club. Hayes also served as a director and district vice-president of the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce and vice-president of the Hutchinson Symphony.

Political Activities[edit]

In 1952, Hayes served as a delegate to the National Republican Convention and later served six terms in the Kansas House of Representatives (1953–1955, 1967–1979) where he was chairman of the Insurance and Judiciary committees and was Majority Floor Leader from 1975-1977. He was credited with creating Sand Hills State Park, supporting passage of court unification and the state's no-fault insurance law, improving the Kansas State Fair and establishing the Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson.


  1. ^ "John F. Hayes". The Hutchinson News. January 15, 2010. Archived from the original on June 9, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2010.