Hawk seeks second term in the Kansas Senate



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January 7, 2016 Tom Hawk, (785) 341-4162

Hawk seeks second term in the Kansas Senate

TOPEKA – Senator Tom Hawk, of Manhattan, today filed with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office for re-election to the Senate’s 22nd District, which includes Riley and Clay counties along with a portion of Geary County.  Hawk was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 2012, and previously served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives.

“It is a privilege to serve the people of the 22nd district in the Kansas Senate,” said Hawk. “During my time in the Kansas Legislature, I have worked hard to protect public education, expand opportunities for small businesses and agriculture, and support our military.”

Senator Hawk spent 33 years in the Manhattan-Ogden school district. He began his career as a junior high math teacher before becoming a curriculum director, and ending as superintendent.

“One of my top priorities continues to be education,” said Hawk. “Unfortunately, the mismanagement of the state budget has resulted in massive cuts to our schools. We have seen them at all levels – from K-12 to early childhood and higher education – for the sake of irresponsible economic policies. I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure K-12 education is adequately and equitably funded and support policies that promote learning opportunities from pre-K through secondary education and technical programs.”

In addition to his education career, Sen. Hawk is a local business person. He has owned and operated Tom Hawk Photography for 40 years.

“As a small business owner, I understand the challenges of running a successful business,” said Hawk. “I also know that a successful business requires a stable economy and sound infrastructure. That is why I will continue to be a strong voice for common sense policies that create a Kansas economy that works for its hardworking families.”

Sen. Hawk is married to Diane DeNoon, a KSU instructor for Elementary Education.  Together they have four adult children and four grandchildren.

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