At a Glance
- Career History: Kansas state Representative (2003-2011), Partner at Speer and Holliday law firm (2005-present), attorney at Speer and Holliday law firm (2003-2005)
- Birthday: January 8, 1976
- Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
- Alma Mater: B.A. from University of Kansas (1999), J.D. from University of Kansas (2002)
- Spouse: Brooke Yoder
- DC Office: 214 Cannon HOBWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-2865Fax: (202) 225-2807
Path To Power
Yoder took his first steps in politics in 1996, when he participated in an internship program, working in both Republican and Democratic offices in Kansas. At this time, Yoder was also a politically active student at the University of Kansas.
While Yoder proposed hiking taxes to remedy budget cuts at the beginning of his political career, he has since taken more conventionally conservative positions on economic issues. "We've got to reduce the size and scope of government at all levels," he said in 2010.
On the 2010 campaign trail, he advocated cutting government spending and expressed his concern over the growing debt. "We cannot continue to run up the deficit and spend money we don't have," he said.
Yoder was just 26 when some of the state's prominent moderate Republicans, including former state Senate President Dick Bond and state Senator John Vratil, helped him win a seat in the state House.
In 2010, he landed on the National Republican Congressional Committee's list of promising "Young Guns" candidates within days of his primary victory. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Cali.) has written about campaigning with Yoder to tout the latter's conservative credentials.