From a sixth-generation southeast Kansas family, Jeff has the proven leadership and real world experience to represent the 15th district in the Kansas Senate. As your senator, Jeff has worked hard for the residents of southeast Kansas by championing laws that provide property tax relief, foster job creation, protect public safety and curb needless government regulation.
Watching his parents dedicate their lives to teaching southeast Kansas kids, Jeff learned the value of hard work and has used worth ethic to help the people of southeast Kansas.
If you a question on an issue important to you, please do not hesitate to contact Jeff.
Property taxes are the biggest threat to homeowners and the economy of Southeast Kansas. During Jeff’s time in the Kansas Legislature, he has worked diligently to stop the unsustainable increases in property tax rates and to provide property tax relief. Jeff is a proud to have sponsored legislation that tripled the Homestead Property Tax Relief program, lowering taxes for tens of thousands of fixed income seniors and working families with children.
Jeff has also authored legislation that passed the Kansas Senate to provide an additional $30 million in property tax relief to families who need it the most. Jeff is also a leader in protecting our local tax base, ensuring that homeowners and small businesses pay no more than their fair share of taxes. That success is not enough. More needs to be done to lessen the property tax burden in Kansas and Jeff looks forward to that challenge.
One of the Legislature’s most important jobs is protecting the safety of all Kansans. As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator King has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation to strengthen public safety. Jeff has authored amendments to close loopholes in our DUI laws, ensuring that repeat drunk drivers spend time in jail. He co-sponsored a bill to remove the statute of limitation for rape and one to stiffen penalties for human traffickers who prey on innocent children and help the victims of this heinous crime.
Jeff has worked tirelessly as a friend of law enforcement, crafting legislation to make sure that those who harm a law enforcement officer spend time in prison. He has worked hard to fight the scourge of drug addiction by harshly punishing drug dealers who kill people with their deadly product. Jeff has also worked to keep our most heinous criminals behind bars by protecting mandatory 50 year prison sentences for those convicted of pre-meditated murder.
Senator King has fought hard to protect the Second Amendment rights of all Kansans. The unprecedented reach of federal power into our lives, especially through federal gun-control regulation, must stop. Jeff has consistently voted to uphold your Second Amendment rights by voting for measures like the Personal and Family Protection Act and the Second Amendment Protection Act. Senator King will continue to work to ensure the rights of Kansans who lawfully own guns and ammunition are protected.
Jeff has consistently championed legislation to promote the economy and stability of southeast Kansas. Senator King worked to add Neosho County to the list of counties eligible to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zone Program, and is co-sponsoring legislation to add Montgomery and Labette counties to this initiative. This valuable program helps Kansas counties attract new industry, jobs and residents. Jeff also authored legislation to provide southeast Kansas businesses and homeowners with tens of millions of dollars in money to rebuild and expand after the 2007 flood.
As the son of two local teachers, Jeff understands the value of a quality education. While in Topeka, he stopped the efforts of urban legislators to consolidate small schools by depriving them of essential funding. After the Kansas economy collapsed in 2009, Kansas schools faced massive funding cuts, Jeff stepped in and helped formulate a plan to preserved $72 million in school funding without raising taxes. For years, rural schools have been denied funding equal to their counterparts in wealthy counties. Senator King co-authored legislation that passed the Kansas Senate to provide rural schools with $54 million in new “equalization” funding to make sure that the quality of a student’s education is not defined by the property wealth of the district in which they live.
Jeff is a pro-life legislator who has consistently voted to protect the lives of the unborn. Senator King has voted for a variety of bills that severely restrict abortion in Kansas. For example, these bills: restrict abortion on unborn children when they can feel pain, prohibit civil actions for a claim of wrongful life or wrongful birth, and ban government funding for abortion services. Jeff will continue to support measures that uphold the dignity of human life, from conception until natural death.