Senator Pat Pettey files for second term in Kansas Senate

Pettey files for second term

in Kansas Senate

TOPEKA – Senator Pat Pettey, D-Kansas City, announced today that she has filed with the Kansas Secretary of State for a second term serving the Senate’s 6th District.  Pettey was first elected in 2012.

“It is an honor to serve the people of the 6th District in the Kansas Senate,” said Pettey. “I am deeply concerned for the future of our state, and I will continue to work tirelessly for adequate funding for quality education, to reduce the tax burden on families, to maintain critical services for Kansans, and to protect local control.”

Senator Pettey retired from the Turner school district in 2006 after 36 years of teaching. She serves on the Senate Education Committee where she has been a strong advocate for education of all levels – from early childhood to post-secondary and career training programs.

“My colleagues in the Kansas legislature regularly talk about the importance of public education, but when it comes time to pass legislation to adequately fund our schools, they push unnecessary, unvetted, and new education policy that does more harm than good,” said Pettey. “I remain committed to ensuring all Kansas children receive the best education possible and Kansas teachers receive the respect they deserve and are allowed to do the job they’ve been licensed to do.”

As a 30+ years member of the Kansas National Education Association, Senator Pettey knows the value of a hard day’s work and understands the challenges working Kansans face regularly as a result of the current administration. Senator Pettey has been a vocal opponent to changes in worker’s compensation, unemployment benefits, prevailing wage, and due process rights.

“I will continue to be a strong voice for common sense policies that invest in middle-class, hardworking Kansans to strengthen our state,” said Pettey.

Senator Pettey served as a Unified Government Commissioner for 14 years. She remains a dedicated supporter of local control by introducing or amending legislation to ensure decisions can be made locally and to prevent unfunded mandates on local government.

“I believe in legislation that allows locally elected leaders to make decisions based on what is best and safest for the citizens within their communities,” said Pettey. “I also believe the state has a responsibility to help local governments with funding mandated programs.”

Senator Pettey serves as the ranking Democrat on the Transportation and Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committees. She also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee; Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight; the Joint Committee on Kansas Security; and, the Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations.

She and her husband, John, have two daughters, four grandsons, and one granddaughter.

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