Ron Estes

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Ron Estes
Ron Estes, 115th official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
Assumed office
April 25, 2017
Preceded by Mike Pompeo
39th Treasurer of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 – April 25, 2017
Governor Sam Brownback
Preceded by Dennis McKinney
Succeeded by Jacob LaTurner
Personal details
Born Ronald Gene Estes
(1956-07-19) July 19, 1956 (age 61)
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Oliver
Children 3
Education Tennessee Technological
University
(BS, MBA)
Website House website

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.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Estes was born in Topeka, Kansas, and is a fifth-generation Kansan.[1] He earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a master's degree in Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.[2]

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.[3]

He was elected as treasurer of Sedgwick County, Kansas, home to Wichita, in 2004,[2] and subsequently reelected in 2008.[3] 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.[2]

Kansas State Treasurer[edit]

Estes ran for Kansas State Treasurer in the 2010 election, against incumbent Democrat Dennis McKinney.[2] Estes was the first statewide elected official from Wichita, Kansas in two decades.[1] He was reelected in 2014, defeating Carmen Alldritt.[4]

As state treasurer, Mr. Estes managed more than $24 billion in public money and he came in under budget by over $600,000.[5] He made a priority telling Kansans about unclaimed money, such as funds from forgotten bank accounts.[3] In 2016, Estes said his office had returned $100 million in unclaimed property since 2010.[3]

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.[3] Estes served in the Electoral College and cast his electoral vote for Donald Trump.[6][3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2017[edit]

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.[7] On February 9, Estes won the Republican nomination to run in the special election to determine Pompeo's successor.[8] Estes won with 66 of 126 votes in a special nominating convention held at Friends University.[8]

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,[9] Vice President Mike Pence,[9] Senator Ted Cruz,[10] House Speaker Paul Ryan,[10] and Governor Sam Brownback. He was endorsed by the editorial board of the local newspaper, The Wichita Eagle.[5] 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.[11] According to April 10, 2017 fundraising reports, Estes had raised $459,000 to Thompson’s $292,000.[11][12][13][14]

Estes won the special election on April 11, 2017 by a 52.5% to 45.7%.

Tenure[edit]

Rep. Estes was sworn into office on April 25, 2017.

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Estes defines himself as "proudly pro-life" and he intends to defund Planned Parenthood.[3][15]

American Health Care Act of 2017[edit]

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.[3][5]

Federal budget issues[edit]

He supports a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and a reduction in corporate and some personal income taxes.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Ron and his wife, Susan, have three children.[1] His family continues to run a farm in Osage County, Kansas.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

Kansas State Treasurer[edit]

Kansas Treasurer election, 2010[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes 481,704 58.5
Democratic Dennis McKinney (inc.) 341,324 41.4
Kansas Treasurer election, 2014[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes (inc.) 570,110 67.5
Democratic Carmen Alldritt 274,257 32.4

2017 Congressional election[edit]

Republican caucus results[edit]

Republican Convention[18]
Candidate First Ballot Pct. Second Ballot Pct.
Estes, RonRon Estes 58 46% 66 52%
Alan Cobb 28 22% 43 34%
Tiahrt, ToddTodd Tiahrt 20 16% 17 14%
Joseph Ashby 10 8% Eliminated
George Bruce 10 8% Eliminated

General election[edit]

Kansas's 4th congressional district special election, 2017[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes 63,505 52.5%
Democratic James Thompson 55,310 45.7%
Libertarian Chris Rockhold 2,082 1.7%
Total votes 120,897 100.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Meet Ron Estes". Kansas State Treasurer. Topeka, Kansas: Office of the Kansas State Treasurer and the people of Kansas. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Curry, Tom (April 12, 2017). "Estes a Stalwart but Unflashy Conservative". Roll Call. Washington, DC. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ Calovich, Annie; Lowry, Bryan (November 4, 2014). "Republican Selzer to be next Kansas insurance commissioner". The Wichita Eagle. Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d Turkewitz, Julie (April 12, 2017). "Who Is Ron Estes, Kansas’ Newest Congressman?". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Missouri and Kansas Electoral College voters pick Trump, despite protests". Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS04) resignation letter read in House after Senate CIA Director confirmation". Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Estes wins GOP nomination for Pompeo seat". Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Woodall, Hunter. Trump tweets support for Ron Estes on special election day in Kansas’ 4th District, Kansas City Star, April 11, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Shorman, Jonathan. Bryan Lowry & Dion Lefler. [1], The Wichita Eagle, April 7, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Weigel, Dave (April 10, 2017). "Republicans undertake unexpected rescue mission in deep red Kansas". Washington Post. Washington, DC. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ Lefler, Dion (April 8, 2017). "Anti-Thompson ad inflammatory and false, says professor who moderated debate". Wichita Eagle. Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Fenwick, Cody (April 12, 2017). "Kansas Special Election: Republican Ron Estes Wins House Seat In Tight Race". Patch. Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  15. ^ 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.”
  16. ^ "Kansas Secretary of State 2010 Official Vote Totals" (PDF). Kansas Office of the Secretary of State. 
  17. ^ "Kansas Secretary of State 2014 Official Vote Totals" (PDF). Kansas Office of the Secretary of State. 
  18. ^ Hagen, Lisa (February 10, 2017). "Kansas treasurer wins GOP nomination to fill House seat". TheHill. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Live Results: G.O.P. Keeps Control of House Seat in Kansas Special Election". Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ "2017 Unofficial Kansas Election Results". www.sos.ks.gov. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis McKinney
Treasurer of Kansas
2011–2017
Succeeded by
Jacob LaTurner
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Pompeo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Claudia Tenney
United States Representatives by seniority
430th
Succeeded by
Greg Gianforte