Collaborative Advocacy

The Chamber is the voice of business.

The Chamber identifies issues that affect Lawrence and mobilizes efforts toward solving those issues through civic engagement. The Chamber advocates for solutions to those issues through education and civic engagement among businesses, non-profit organizations and government.

Each year, The Chamber submits testimony on a wide range of issues that align with our guiding principles. The Chamber submits testimony independently and, when appropriate, with its partners in the METL Coalition.

Advocacy is just one of our member benefits. Click on the name of each issue to read the provided testimony to government leadership. View our 2022 Legislative Priorities here.

Interesting in getting an inside look at our advocacy efforts? Join our Government & Community Affairs Committee, which includes a mailing list and monthly luncheon! Email Hugh Carter, Vice President of External Affairs, to get started.

METL Coalition

METL is a regional coalition of the Manhattan, Emporia, Topeka, and Lawrence Chambers of Commerce, which seeks to leverage the combined strength of nearly 3,000 member businesses and organizations, represented by 30 elected representatives and senators in our region.

Legislative Priorities

At the end of each calendar year, The Chamber sets its legislative priorities at the state and federal level. With the help of the Public Policy Task Force, comprised of a group of Chamber members interested in government and communities affairs, and using guiding principles for advocacy and policy evaluation, The Chamber creates its priorities for the upcoming year.

Government & Community Affairs

The Government & Community Affairs Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month over lunch. The group is open to any Chamber member and features speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from voting and elections to affordable housing and economic development.

Lawrence City Commissioners

Courtney Shipley

Courtney Shipley

Mayor

Contact:

785.764.8998
Lisa Larsen

Lisa Larsen

Vice Mayor

Contact:

785.331.9162
Bart Littlejohn

Bart Littlejohn

City Commissioner

Contact:

785.380.9413
Brad Finkeldei

Brad Finkeldei

City Commissioner

Contact:

785.550.9699
Amber Sellers

Amber Sellers

City Commissioner

Contact:

785-813-1381
Elected Officials
State Officials

Governor
Laura Kelly (D)
Term Expires: 2022
Address: State Capitol Building, 300 SW 10th Avenue, Ste. 241S, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-3232, 1-877-579-6757 (Toll-free), 1-800-766-3777 (Hearing Impaired)
Website: https://governor.kansas.gov/

Secretary of State
Scott Schwab (R)
Term Expires: 2022
Address: Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1594
Phone(s): 785-296-4564
Website: http://www.kssos.org/

Attorney General
Derek Schmidt (R)
Term Expires: 2022
Address: Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor, 120 SW 10th Street, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-2215, 1-888-428-8436 (Toll-free)
Fax: 785-296-6296
Website: http://ag.ks.org/

State Treasurer
Jake LaTurner (R)
Term Expires: 2022
Address: 900 SW Jackson, Suite 201, Topeka, KS 66612-1235
Phone(s): 785-296-3171
Website: https://www.kansasstatetreasurer.com

Commissioner of Insurance
Vicki Schmidt (R)
Term Expires: 2022
Address: 420 SW 9th Street, Topeka, KS 66612-1678
Phone(s): 785-296-3071, 1-800-432-2484 (Toll-free/In-state only)
Fax: 785-296-7805
Website: http://www.ksinsurance.org/

State Board of Education
District 1
Janet Waugh, Vice Chair (D)
Term Expires: 2022
Address: 715 N. 74th, Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone(s): 913-620-5062 (cell)
Email: jwaugh@ksde.org
Website: https://www.ksde.org/Board/Kansas-State-Board-of-Education/District-1

District 4
Ann Mah (D)
Term Expires: 2020
Address: 3351 S.E. Meadowview Dr.
Phone(s): 785-266-9434 (home) 785-231-0823
Email: amah@ksde.org
Website: https://www.ksde.org/Board/Kansas-State-Board-of-Education/District-1

State Representatives

State Representative, 10th District
Christina Haswood (D)
Term Expires: January 9, 2023
Address: Room 54-A, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-7652 (Topeka), 785-380-2992 (Lawrence)
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/rep_haswood_christina_1/

State Representative, 42nd District
Lance W. Neelly (R)
Term Expires: January 9, 2023
Address: Room 168-W, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-7683 (Topeka), 913-927-5288 (Tonganoxie)
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/rep_neelly_lance_1/

State Representative, 44th District
Barbara Ballard (D)
Term Expires: January 9, 2023
Address: Room 451-S, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-7697 (Topeka), 785-766-3437 (Lawrence)
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/rep_ballard_barbara_1/

State Representative, 45th District
Mike Amyx (D)
Term Expires: January 9, 2023
Address: Room 43-S, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-7632 (Topeka), 785-843-3089 (Lawrence)
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/rep_amyx_mike_1/

State Representative, 46th District
Dennis “Boog” Highberger (D)
Term Expires: January 9, 2023
Address: Room 174-W, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-7122
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/rep_highberger_dennis_1/

State Representative, 54th District
Ken Corbet (R)
Term Expires: January 9, 2023
Address: Room 179-N, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-7679
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/rep_corbet_ken_1/

State Senators

State Senator, 2nd District
Marci Francisco (D)
Term Expires: Jan. 2025
Address: Room 134-E, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-7364 (Topeka), 785-842-6402 (Lawrence)
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/sen_francisco_marci_1/

State Senator, 3rd District
Tom Holland (D)
Term Expires: Jan. 2025
Address: Room 134-E, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s): 785-296-7372 (Topeka), 785-865-2786 (Baldwin City)
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/sen_holland_tom_1/

State Senator, 19th District
Rick Kloos (R)
Term Expires: Jan. 2025
Address: Room 541-E, State Capitol, Topeka, KS 66612
Phone(s):785-296-7645 (Topeka)
Website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/members/sen_kloos_rick_1/

County Officials

Meets On: Every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Douglas County Commission Room

County Commissioner, 1st District
Patrick Kelly (D)
Term Expires: 2023
Address: 1100 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044
Email: pkelly@douglascountyks.org
Phone(s): 785-393-8346

County Commissioner, 2nd District (Vice-Chair)

Shannon Reid (D)
Term Expires: 2025
Address: 1100 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044
Email: sreid@douglascountyks.org
Phone(s): 785-331-9635

County Commissioner, 3rd District (Chair)
Shannon Portillo (D)
Term Expires: 2025
Address: 1100 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044
Email: sportillo@douglascountyks.org
Phone(s): 785-331-8126

County Departments

County Clerk
Jamie Shew (D)
Term Expires: 2025
Address: 1100 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone(s): 785-832-5267

District Attorney
Suzanne Valdez (D)
Term Expires: 2025
Address: 111 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone(s): 785-841-0211

Register of Deeds
Kent Brown (D)
Term Expires: 2025
Address: 1100 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone(s): 785-832-5282

Sheriff
Jay Armbrister (D)
Term Expires: 2025
Address: 111 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone(s): 785-841-0007

Treasurer
Adam Rains (D)
Term Expires: 2025
Address: 1100 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044 Phone(s): 785-832-5273

Township Officials

Clinton Township
Meets On: 1st Monday of Month at 7:00 p.m., Clinton Township Hall

Clerk
David Devore
Address: 1034 E 251 Diagonal Rd., Lawrence, KS 66047
Phone: 816-210-4254
Term Expires: January January 2023

Treasurer
Steve Dieker
Address: 1196 E 612 Rd., Lawrence, KS 66049
Phone: 785-766-4405
Term Expires: January 2025

Trustee
Matthew Fishburn
Address: 935 E 800 Rd., Lawrence,KS 66047
Phone: 785-550-2710
Term Expires: January 2025

Eudora Township
Meets On: 1st Tuesday of Month at 9:00 a.m., Eudora Township Fire Station

Clerk
Keith Knabe
Address: 991 E 2400 Rd., Eudora, KS 66025
Phone: 785-423-4068
Term Expires: January 2023

Treasurer
Mark Grosdidier
Address: 2051 N 1100 Rd., Eudora, KS 66025
Phone: 785-218-5473
Term Expires: January 2025

Trustee
Jim D. Gabriel
Address: 2267 N 1200 Rd., Eudora, KS 66025
Phone:
Term Expires: January 2025

City Officials

City Officials

Baldwin City Council
Meets On: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., Baldwin City Public Library
Website: https://www.baldwincity.org/188/City-Council

Brian Cramer
Term Expires: 2022

Cory Venable
Term Expires: 2024

Susan Pitts
Term Expires: 2022

Julie Constantinescu
Term Expires: 2024

Scott Lauridsen
Term Expires: 2024

Casey A. Simoneau
Position: Mayor
Term Expires: 2022

Eudora City Commission
Meets On: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m., City Hall
Website: https://www.cityofeudoraks.gov/246/City-

Commission
Jolene Born
Term Expires: 2022

Tim Reazin
Position: Mayor
Term Expires: 2022

Ruth Hughs
Term Expires: 2024

Roberta Lehmann
Term Expires: 2024

Tim Bruce
Term Expires: 2024

Lawrence City Commission
Meets On: Every Tuesday at 5:45 p.m., City Hall
Website: http://www.lawrenceks.org/commissioners

Courtney Shipley
Position: Mayor
Term Expires: 2023
Phone: 785.764.8998
cshipley@lawrenceks.org

Lisa Larsen
Position: Vice Mayor
Term Expires: 2025
Phone: 785.331.9162
llarsen@lawrenceks.org

Bart Littlejohn
Position: Commissioner
Term Expires: 2025
Phone: 785.380.9413
blittlejohn@lawrenceks.org

Brad Finkeldei
Position: Commissioner
Term Expires: 2023
Phone: 785.550.9699
bfinkeldei@lawrenceks.org

Amber Sellers
Position: Commissioner
Term Expires: 2023
Phone: 785.813.1381
asellers@lawrenceks.org

 

Lecompton City Council
Meets On: 1st and 3rd Monday at 7:00 p.m., City Hall
Website: http://www.lecompton.org/

Owen Mallonee
Term Expires: 2022

Tim McNish
Term Expires: 2022

Mary Jane Hoffer
Term Expires: 2023

Stephanie Confer
Term Expires: 2023

Jimmy Wilkens
Position: Mayor
Term Expires: 2022

Matt Roberts
Term Expires: 2023

School Board Members

Baldwin City Public School Board – U.S.D. 348
Meets On: 2nd Monday at 6:30 p.m., USD District Office
Website: http://www.usd348.com/district-information/board-of-education/members/

Kelley Bethell-Smith: Dist 1
Position: Position 1
Term Expires: 2024

Phillip Harvey: Dist. 1
Position: Position 4
Term Expires: 2022 (unexpired term)

Susan Schiffelbein: Dist. 2
Position: Position 5
Term Expires: 2022

Tony Brown: Dist. 2
Position: Position 2
Term Expires: 2024

Ande Parks: Dist. 3
Position: Position 3
Term Expires: 2024

Chris Perry: Dist. 3
Position: Position 6
Term Expires: 2022

Carrie Stevens: At Large
Position: Position 7
Term Expires: 2024

Eudora Public School Board – U.S.D. 491
Meets On: 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Eudora Middle School
Website: https://www.eudoraschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=47

Mark Chrislip
Term Expires: 2024

Lynn Reazin
Term Expires: 2024

Joseph Hurla
Term Expires: 2022

Michael P. Kelso
Term Expires: 2022

Becky Plate
Term Expires: 2024

Samantha Arredondo (unexpired term)
Term Expires: 2022

Eric Votaw
Term Expires: 2022

Lawrence Public School Board – U.S.D. 497
Meets On: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m., Education Support Distribution Center
Website: http://www.usd497.org/Domain/68

Melissa Y. Johnson
Term Expires: 2022

Erica Hill
Term Expires: 2024

Shannon Kimball
Term Expires: 2024

Carole Cadue-Blackwood
Term Expires: 2024

Paula Smith
Term Expires: 2024

Kelly Jones
Term Expires: 2022

GR Gordon-Ross
Term Expires: 2022

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