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Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.)

U.S. Representative (since January 2011)

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Why He Matters

Yoder, who had served on the Kansas state legislature since 2002, helped regain GOP House control in the 2010 midterm elections, winning a seat in Kansas' 3rd congressional district. He defeated Stephene Moore, the wife of the retiring incumbent.

Yoder joined Congress at the age of 35 — a new chapter in his precocious political career. He had just graduated from law school when he was elected to the state House in 2002; six years later, he became House Appropriations Committee chairman, a powerful position that gave him influence over the state budget.

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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.

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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.

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The Network

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.

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Additional Resources

  1. Kraske, Steve and Helling, Dave, "Jordan's departure from U.S. House race in Kansas helps fellow Republican Yoder," Kansas City Star, April 23, 2010
  2. Uhlmansiek, Laura, "Candidates support increases for local-option budgets," The Kansas City Star, November 1, 2006
  3. McCarthy, Kevin, "Campaigning with Kevin Yoder in Kansas' Third Congressional District," RedState, September 16, 2010
  4. Yoder campaign website, Priorities
  5. Fitzgerald, Erin, "20th District GOP candidates have Democratic pasts," Kansas City Star, July 31, 2002
  6. Yoder for Congress website, Priorities
  7. Keenan, Marty, "Kevin Yoder's Left-to-Right Political Odyssey," Kansas Free Press, April 29, 2010
  8. Hollingsworth, Barbara, "Candidates want more for schools," Kansas City Star, October 16, 2002Hollingsworth, Barbara, "Candidates in 20th District clash on taxes, school issues," Kansas City Star, July 13, 2002; Sederstrom, "Professor faces GOP incumbent," The Kansas City Star, October 27, 2004; and Childers, Kara, "Incumbents keep state House seats," The Kansas City Star, November 3, 2004
  9. Boyer, Caroline, "GOP,aàfrontrunners battle in 3rd Congressional," Shawnee Dispatch, July 28, 2010
  10. Klepper, David, "First Yoder-Moore debate points up differences on several issues," Kansas City Star, September 17, 2010
  11. Hollingsworth, October Barbara, "Yoder, Merrick win local House seats," Kansas City Star, November 6, 2002 and Hessel-Dial, Maggie, "Foes disagree on issues," The Kansas City Star, July 17, 2004
  12. Marty, "Kevin Yoder's Left-to-Right Political Odyssey," Kansas Free Press, April 29, 2010
  13. Cooper, Brad, "Yoder and Moore to face each other in November for seat in Congress," The Kansas City Star, August 4, 2010
  14. Hanna, John, "Budget work bypasses state GOP leaders," The Wichita Eagle, May 10, 2010 and Keenan, Marty, "Kevin Yoder's Left-to-Right Political Odyssey," Kansas Free Press, April 29, 2010
  15. Hollingsworth, Barbara, "Candidates in 20th District clash on taxes, school issues," Kansas City Star, July 13, 2002 and Kowalczyk, Nick, "Area moderates win House races," Kansas City Star, August 7, 2002
  16. Hollingsworth, October Barbara, "Yoder, Merrick win local House seats," Kansas City Star, November 6, 2002 and Hollingsworth, Barbara, "Candidates in 20th District clash on taxes, school issues," Kansas City Star, July 13, 2002
  17. Childers, Kara, "Voters favor incumbents, moderates in House races," The Kansas City Star, August 4, 2004
  18. Klepper, David, "Yoder insists he has the 'right' stuff," The Kansas City Star, July 6, 2010
  19. Uhlmansiek, Laura, "District 20 candidates speak up on election issues," The Kansas City Star, October 14, 2006
  20. Open Secrets: Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District, Total raised and spent
  21. Hollingsworth, Barbara, "Yoder, Merrick win local House seats," Kansas City Star, November 6, 2002 and Kowalczyk, Nick, "Area moderates win House races," Kansas City Star, August 7, 2002
  22. Yoder for Congress website, Priorities
  23. Hanna, John, "Budget work bypasses state GOP leaders," The Wichita Eagle, May 10, 2010 and Keenan, Marty, "Kevin Yoder's Left-to-Right Political Odyssey," Kansas Free Press, April 29, 2010
  24. Sederstrom, Jill, "Professor faces GOP incumbent for House," The Kansas City Star, October 23, 2004
  25. Cooper, Brad, "Yoder and Moore to face each other in November for seat in Congress," The Kansas City Star, August 4, 2010 and Klepper, David, "First Yoder-Moore debate points up differences on several issues," Kansas City Star, September 17, 2010