Ethan was elected to the Kansas Senate in November 2020. He represents the Seventh District, which consists of all or part of 10 cities in Northeast Johnson County. Ethan is a member of the Senate Tax, Judiciary, and Utilities committees, and also serves on Legislative Post Audit, and the Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight.
Raised in Johnson County, Ethan attended Shawnee Mission schools and then Garden City Community College, where he played baseball and was an Academic All-American. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ethan served as Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party from August 2017 to August 2019, leading the Party through its most successful election cycle in a decade, including the election of Governor Laura Kelly and Congresswoman Sharice Davids.
Prior to serving as Executive Director, Ethan was appointed by President Barack Obama to two senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He first served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and then as Chief of Staff of the International Trade Administration, one of the largest bureaus of the Department of Commerce. Drawing on these experiences, Ethan was a Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas in the spring of 2019, focusing on International Trade.
Before entering government service, Ethan practiced law for seven years in the Washington, D.C. office of one of the country’s top law firms, focusing his pro bono practice on voting rights litigation and earning recognition as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.
In 2012, Ethan served as the deputy voter protection director for President Obama’s campaign in Wisconsin and played a critical role in the Kansas Democratic Party’s 2014 election protection effort.
He is a licensed attorney in Kansas, Missouri, and the District of Columbia.
Ethan lives in Fairway with his wife Jenna and their son.
Assessment and Taxation
Legislative Post Audit
Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight
Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations
Paid for by The Senate Democrats Committee, Cory Sheedy, Treasurer.