|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
April 25, 2017
|Preceded by||Mike Pompeo|
|39th Treasurer of Kansas|
January 10, 2011 – April 25, 2017
|Preceded by||Dennis McKinney|
|Succeeded by||Jacob LaTurner|
|Born||Ronald Gene Estes
July 19, 1956
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
University (BS, MBA)
Ronald Gene Estes (born July 19, 1956) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who has served as the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district since April 25, 2017. He was previously the 39th Kansas State Treasurer, serving from 2011 to 2017.
- 1 Early life, education, and career
- 2 Kansas State Treasurer
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Electoral history
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life, education, and career
Estes was born in Topeka, Kansas, and is a fifth-generation Kansan. He earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a master's degree in Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
Estes worked in consulting and management roles in the aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, and several other manufacturing and service industries, working for several companies including Procter & Gamble, Koch Industries, and Bombardier Learjet.
He was elected as treasurer of Sedgwick County, Kansas, home to Wichita, in 2004, and subsequently reelected in 2008. During his political career, he also served as the Treasurer for the Kansas County Treasurer's Association, and in several posts in the Republican Party including Vice Chair of the Kansas Republican Party.
Kansas State Treasurer
Estes ran for Kansas State Treasurer in the 2010 election, against incumbent Democrat Dennis McKinney. Estes was the first statewide elected official from Wichita, Kansas in two decades. He was reelected in 2014, defeating Carmen Alldritt.
As state treasurer, Mr. Estes managed more than $24 billion in public money and he came in under budget by over $600,000. He made a priority telling Kansans about unclaimed money, such as funds from forgotten bank accounts. In 2016, Estes said his office had returned $100 million in unclaimed property since 2010.
During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, in February 2016, prior to the Kansas presidential caucuses, Estes endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination. Estes served in the Electoral College and cast his electoral vote for Donald Trump.
U.S. House of Representatives
Mike Pompeo, who represented Kansas's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, resigned on January 23, 2017, to become Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. On February 9, Estes won the Republican nomination to run in the special election to determine Pompeo's successor. Estes won with 66 of 126 votes in a special nominating convention held at Friends University.
Estes’ Democratic opponent in the special election was James Thompson, a Wichita lawyer and veteran. Estes' special election candidacy was endorsed by many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Governor Sam Brownback. He was endorsed by the editorial board of the local newspaper, The Wichita Eagle. The National Republican Congressional Committee contributed $92,000, in part for "inflammatory and false" advertisements supporting Estes, which characterized his opponent as an advocate of taxpayer-funded, late-term abortions, and also as an advocate for gender selection abortion. According to April 10, 2017 fundraising reports, Estes had raised $459,000 to Thompson’s $292,000.
Estes won the special election on April 11, 2017 by a 52.5% to 45.7%.
Rep. Estes was sworn into office on April 25, 2017.
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Committee on Small Business
American Health Care Act of 2017
Estes during the 2017 special election campaign stated that he believes that the American Health Care Act of 2017 did not go far enough to complete uproot and eliminate Obamacare, seeking a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Federal budget issues
He supports a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and a reduction in corporate and some personal income taxes.
Kansas State Treasurer
|Kansas Treasurer election, 2010|
|Democratic||Dennis McKinney (inc.)||341,324||41.4|
|Kansas Treasurer election, 2014|
|Republican||Ron Estes (inc.)||570,110||67.5|
2017 Congressional election
Republican caucus results
|Candidate||First Ballot||Pct.||Second Ballot||Pct.|
|Estes, RonRon Estes||58||46%||66||52%|
|Tiahrt, ToddTodd Tiahrt||20||16%||17||14%|
- "Meet Ron Estes". Kansas State Treasurer. Topeka, Kansas: Office of the Kansas State Treasurer and the people of Kansas. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- Gruver, Deb (January 29, 2010). "County Treasurer Estes to run for same office at state level". The Wichita Eagle. Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- Curry, Tom (April 12, 2017). "Estes a Stalwart but Unflashy Conservative". Roll Call. Washington, DC. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
- Calovich, Annie; Lowry, Bryan (November 4, 2014). "Republican Selzer to be next Kansas insurance commissioner". The Wichita Eagle. Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- Turkewitz, Julie (April 12, 2017). "Who Is Ron Estes, Kansas’ Newest Congressman?". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- "Missouri and Kansas Electoral College voters pick Trump, despite protests". Retrieved February 10, 2017.
- "Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS04) resignation letter read in House after Senate CIA Director confirmation". Retrieved February 10, 2017.
- "Estes wins GOP nomination for Pompeo seat". Retrieved February 10, 2017.
- Woodall, Hunter. Trump tweets support for Ron Estes on special election day in Kansas’ 4th District, Kansas City Star, April 11, 2017.
- Shorman, Jonathan. Bryan Lowry & Dion Lefler. , The Wichita Eagle, April 7, 2017.
- Weigel, Dave (April 10, 2017). "Republicans undertake unexpected rescue mission in deep red Kansas". Washington Post. Washington, DC. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- Lefler, Dion (April 8, 2017). "Anti-Thompson ad inflammatory and false, says professor who moderated debate". Wichita Eagle. Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
- Ron Estes, a Republican, Survives Tight House Race to Win Kansas Seat, New York Times, John Eligon & Jonathan Martin, April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- Fenwick, Cody (April 12, 2017). "Kansas Special Election: Republican Ron Estes Wins House Seat In Tight Race". Patch. Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
- According to Roll Call: On his campaign website, he said, “I am proudly pro-life, and as your congressman, I will lead the fight to protect the unborn. One of my top priorities will be to defund Planned Parenthood. American taxpayers should not be forced to fund organizations that perform abortions.”
- "Kansas Secretary of State 2010 Official Vote Totals" (PDF). Kansas Office of the Secretary of State.
- "Kansas Secretary of State 2014 Official Vote Totals" (PDF). Kansas Office of the Secretary of State.
- Hagen, Lisa (February 10, 2017). "Kansas treasurer wins GOP nomination to fill House seat". TheHill. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
- "Live Results: G.O.P. Keeps Control of House Seat in Kansas Special Election". Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- "2017 Unofficial Kansas Election Results". www.sos.ks.gov. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Congressman Ron Estes – official U.S. House website
- Ron Estes – campaign website
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|Treasurer of Kansas
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|115th||Senate: P. Roberts • J. Moran||House: L. Jenkins • K. Yoder • M. Pompeo (until Jan. 2017) • R. Marshall • R. Estes (from Apr. 2017)|