Susan Wagle

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Susan Wagle
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President of the Kansas Senate
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Preceded by Stephen Morris
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 39th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Preceded by Stephen Morris
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 30th district
In office
January 2001 – January 14, 2013
Preceded by Barbara Lawrence
Succeeded by Lance Kinzer
Personal details
Born (1953-09-27) September 27, 1953 (age 64)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tom Wagle
Education Wichita State University (BA)

Susan Wagle (born September 27, 1953) is a Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing Kansas' 30th district since 2001.[1] She was elected President of the Kansas Senate in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Wagle was born on September 27, 1953, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Wichita, Kansas when she was four.

She received her bachelor's degree in 1979 from Wichita State University. From 1979 to 1982, she taught special education for Wichita Public Schools before starting numerous small businesses with her husband Tom in the Wichita area.

Political career[edit]

Kansas House[edit]

In 1990, Wagle was elected to the Kansas House, representing District 99 in Sedgwick County, Kansas. In 1994, she was elected as the first female speaker pro tem and was reelected to the position in 1996. Wagle ran for Kansas Speaker of the House in 1998 but lost by two votes to Robin Jennison.

Kansas Senate[edit]

Wagle was elected to the Kansas State Senate in 2000.[2] She was elected senate president on December 3, 2012, winning 23-9 over Sen. Steve Abrams of Arkansas City and in 2013 she was sworn in as the 47th Senate President of Kansas. Wagle was reelected as senate president in 2016, defeating Sen. Ty Masterson by a vote of 23-7. She is one of four senate presidents in Kansas' history to serve a second term.

A cancer survivor, Wagle is the first female president of the Kansas Senate and the first senate president from Wichita.[3]

Abortion[edit]

Wagle is pro-life. As Speaker Pro Tem, Wagle passed the first pro-life legislation in Kansas, The Women's Right to Know Act, which gives women seeking a late term abortion more information on fetal development. She received the Kansas Catholic Conference Silver Angel Award in recognition for passing the first pro-life legislation in the state.

Sexual Harassment Reform[edit]

In 2017, Wagle led the effort to update policies to combat sexual harassment at the Kansas Capitol[4]. Wagle worked with the Kansas City based Women's Foundation to implement policy changes such as mandatory training sessions, allowing for anonymous reporting, and policy to protect interns within the Statehouse.[5]


Wagle served as a delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention.

She served as the National Chairman for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in 2006 and currently sits on their Board of Directors.

Personal life[edit]

Wagle lives in Wichita with her husband, Tom, together they have seven children and 14 grandchildren.

Committee assignments[edit]

Wagle serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Commerce, vice-chair
  • Confirmation Oversight
  • Ethics and Elections
  • Interstate Cooperation, chair
  • Legislative Coordinating Council, chair
  • Organization, Calendar and Rules, chair

During the 2013-2014 Legislative Sessions, Wagle served on the following committees:[1]

  • Commerce, vice-chair
  • Confirmation Oversight
  • Interstate Cooperation, chair
  • Legislative Coordinating Council, vice-chair
  • Organization, Calendar and Rules, chair

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Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Wagle includes:[7]

  • Constitutional amendment to have supreme court justices' appointments subject to consent of the senate.[8]
  • A bill to ban dismemberment abortions [9]
  • A bill to create a budget stabilization fund[10]
  • A bill regarding the right to bear arms[11]
  • A bill increasing transparency within the executive branch [12]

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