Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder


Rep. Yoder will attend the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center Grant Renewal Announcement


Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder will attend the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center grant renewal event tomorrow, Thursday, October 6th from 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM at the Fairway Auditorium in the Clinical Research Center.

WHAT:          The University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center Grant Renewal           

WHEN:         Thursday, October 6, 2016

                     3:30 PM to 4:15 PM    

WHERE:        KU Clinical Research Center

                     Fairway Auditorium    

                     4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway.

                     Fairway, KS 66205





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VIDEO: Rep. Yoder Congratulates KU Chancellor Gray-Little on Retirement


Washington, D.C. Last night, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) congratulated University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on the announcement of her retirement next summer and thanked her for her service to the university and to the State of Kansas.

Following are Rep. Yoder’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today as a proud Jayhawk to recognize a great leader for our state who’s made a positive impact on the lives of many Kansans – KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

“Last week, Chancellor Gray-Little announced her retirement in 2017, and I wanted to recognize some of the major accomplishments during her tenure at KU.

“From day one, she set aggressive goals through her Bold Aspirations initiative to advance the university into the 21st Century as a leader in education and research.

“It was a great success, leading to KU being designated as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) and working towards a Comprehensive Cancer Center designation.

“The KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center also received national designation from the National Institute on Aging.

“And as someone who utilized both student loans and Pell grants, I was greatly appreciative of her vocal support for those programs that help every student achieve their dreams, regardless of income level.

“Today, on behalf of the United States Congress, I would like to thank Chancellor Gray-Little for her leadership and service to our beloved Jayhawk community and wish her and her husband Shade well in their next endeavors.

“Rock Chalk, Chancellor!”

To watch a video of the remarks, click here.


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Yoder Calls for Investigation into Immigration Status of Deputy Collins’ Killer


Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) is calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and specifically Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to open an investigation into how Adrian Espinosa-Flores, the man who has been arrested in connection with the killing of Johnson County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Brandon Collins, was able to be in the United States illegally following his arrest for driving under the influence in California in 2001. Representative Yoder is requesting the investigation to get answers with regard to this case specifically, and to find ways to improve America’s immigration system on the whole.

After sending a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson requesting the investigation, Yoder issued the following statement:

“The loss of Master Deputy Collins was absolutely tragic. What’s worse, now we’ve come to find out that the man who killed him is in our country illegally and has a criminal record. It’s inexcusable that he was able to be here to commit this crime and it's inexcusable the Obama Administration continues to tolerate and promote policies that prevent these types of criminals from being swiftly deported upon arrest. We must secure our border and place the safety and security of the American people above politics. No family should have to suffer the pain the Collins family is feeling right now.”

The text of the letter is reproduced below.


September 23, 2016


The Honorable Jeh Johnson


Department of Homeland Security

Washington D.C. 20528


Secretary Johnson,

On September 11, 2016 Johnson County, Kansas Sheriff’s Master Deputy Brandon Collins was struck and killed as he was performing a routine traffic stop. Reports have revealed that the alleged drunk driver, Adrian Espinosa-Flores, is in the United States illegally and has committed crimes in multiple states prior to killing Deputy Collins.  After fleeing from the scene, Espinosa-Flores was eventually captured and charged with involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving a death.

In order to better understand the timeline of events surrounding Deputy Collins’ tragic death, the circumstances surrounding how this individual was able to remain in the country after encountering law enforcement in multiple states, and how this tragedy can be prevented from happening again in the future; I am requesting an investigation be conducted by your agency into Espinosa-Flores’ immigration and criminal history. I have listed several questions below that I would like to have answered as soon as possible:

1. Has Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ever been notified about Adrian Espinosa-Flores’ presence in the United States? In particular, was ICE notified as a result of his 2001 arrest for driving under the influence in California or 2013 traffic violation for driving without license in Kansas? If not, why not?

2. How many times in the last year has ICE been notified of any illegal immigrant's presence in the United States as a result of a criminal infraction? How many, and what percentage of those times resulted in the deportation of said individual?

3. Has ICE provided a particular set of criteria outlining which criminal infractions local law enforcement officials should be determining the immigration status of the offender as a part of the booking process? Does driving under the influence fall under that criteria?

4. What is ICE’s standard operating procedure for ensuring the deportation of an illegal immigrant who has been detained or arrested by local law enforcement as a result of a criminal infraction? Was this procedure followed in the case of Adrian Espinosa-Flores in 2001? If not, why not?

5. Has ICE provided local law enforcement with a list of known illegal immigrants in the United States to cross reference when making criminal detentions or arrests? If not, why not?

If you have any questions or need further clarification about this request, please contact Michael Brooks on my staff.  Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter, I look forward to your timely response.







                                                            Kevin Yoder

                                                            Member of Congress

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Rep. Yoder to Host Free Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event for Seniors


Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder will host two Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Events to provide help to seniors during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. These events will be held next Monday, October 17 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Center and Tuesday, October 25 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Shawnee Town Hall.

Trained volunteers from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program will be on hand at the event to provide one-on-one assistance to seniors who have questions, or who wish to make changes to their plans.

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period extends from October 15 through December 7.  Medicare beneficiaries who wish to make changes or enroll for the first time need to bring their Medicare card, any current prescriptions (including dosage and frequency), and a list of preferred pharmacies. The event is free and open to everyone.

For additional information, or if you are unable to attend, please contact Congressman Yoder’s District Office in Overland Park at (913) 621-0832.


WHAT:            Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event

WHEN:           Monday, October 17, 2016

                    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

WHERE:        Kansas City Kansas Community College

                    Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center     

                    6565 State Ave.

                    Kansas City, KS 66102


WHAT:            Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event

WHEN:           Tuesday, October 25, 2016

                    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

WHERE:        Shawnee Town Hall

                    11501 W 57th Street

                    Shawnee, KS 66203


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VIDEO: Rep. Yoder Mourns the Loss of Master Deputy Brandon Collins


Washington, D.C. Last night, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the loss of Johnson County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Brandon Collins, offering his condolences to Deputy Collins’ family.  

Following are Rep. Yoder’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker I rise today, truly saddened. I rise to speak the name of a slain police officer in our community for the third time in just a few short months.

“Johnson County Sheriff Master Deputy Brandon Collins was hit by a car while making a traffic stop early Sunday morning and tragically killed.

“He leaves behind his wife and two daughters, who are suffering an unimaginable loss. Deputy Collins was only 44 years old, and was just about to celebrate his 21st year with his department serving our community.

“Brooke and I want to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. You all are and will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

“As we mourn with our entire community, Deputy Collins’ death is a devastating reminder, especially in light of yesterday being the fifteenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, that our first responders risk their lives all the time to protect us and keep us safe.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude we will never be able to repay.

“Mr. Speaker, may God bless Deputy Collins and may he rest in peace.”

To watch a video of Rep. Yoder's remarks, click here.


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Rep. Yoder Announces Third District Job Fair


Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he will be holding his seventh Third District Job Fair on Thursday, October 27th at the Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) Burke Technical Education Center. As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local employers currently hiring. The Job Fair will include a special morning hour exclusively for veterans.

The Job Fair will last from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with the 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM hour exclusively open to veterans. Job-seekers should dress for success and bring several copies of their resume. There is no registration or fee required to attend.  

WHEN:          Thursday, October 27th

                    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Exclusive to Veterans

                    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Open to All Job Seekers 

WHERE:        Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC)

                    Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center

                    6565 State Ave.

                    Kansas City, KS 66102 

Only exhibitors need to register by clicking here.

For more information, visit, or please contact Susan Metsker in Representative Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832.


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Yoder Receives Champion of Science Award at KU Med


Kansas City, Kansas – On Monday, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) was presented with the Champion of Science Award by the University of Kansas and the Science Coalition in recognition of his support for federal funding for basic scientific research. The award is given to Members of Congress in recognition of their commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and technological innovation. 

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little presented Representative Yoder with the award on the KU Medical Center campus, along with KU Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Douglas Girod and Director of the KU Cancer Center Dr. Roy Jensen. Dr. Douglas Lowy, acting director of the National Cancer Institute, was a special guest at the ceremony.

“I’m honored to receive the Champion of Science Award,” Yoder said. “Diseases know no political parties or regional differences. They affect us all indiscriminately. For that reason, we all need to come together to make sure our researchers have every tool they need to find cures. That’s why I’m going to continue to champion this cause so that we can lower the cost of health care for everyone and, most importantly, save lives."

“Representative Yoder’s critical support for the KU Cancer Center’s successful NCI designation effort and his tireless advocacy on behalf of significant additional funding for federal funding for research make him an ideal candidate for this honor,” Gray-Little said. “He clearly understands the importance of maintaining America’s role as a leader in scientific innovation, and we appreciate all he does for Kansas and for the nation.”

“Representative Yoder has a strong history of critical support for scientific and medical research and has a deep appreciation for the benefits that it can provide to patients and their families. He has been a longtime champion of our efforts to obtain NCI designation, and his advocacy in support of the pursuit of scientific knowledge stands out among his peers. He is a natural fit for this award, and I am pleased he is accepting it at KU Medical Center,” Jensen said.

The Science Coalition’s Champion of Science Award recognizes Members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect their belief that basic scientific research, conducted at universities and national labs across the country, is essential to the nation’s ability to address pressing issues in health, security, energy and the environment, and additionally, that a strong federally supported basic research enterprise drives innovation that fuels the U.S. economy. Yoder joins a distinguished group of approximately 80 current and former Members of Congress who have received this award since 1999.

The Science Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of the nation’s leading public and private research universities, is dedicated to sustaining strong federal funding of basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation and drive America’s global competitiveness. Learn more at


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Yoder Leads Effort Expressing Concerns Over New Talks to Re-List Lesser Prairie Chicken as Threatened


Washington, D.C. – This week, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and thirteen of his House colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe expressing concerns over recent statements made regarding the potential re-listing of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Earlier this month, USFWS fulfilled a court ruling that had vacated its ESA listing decision by officially removing the LPC from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Following the decision, the agency issued a press release stating that they were in the process of “undertaking a new status review to determine whether listing is again warranted.”

“These statements from Fish & Wildlife have confirmed our suspicions,” Representative Yoder said. “The Administration remains committed to this misguided effort to save a bird that already saw its population increase over the last few years due to local efforts. My amendment to prevent the Administration from reopening its efforts and protect farmers and ranchers from unwanted government overreach passed the Appropriations Committee unanimously. Congress’ intent on this issue is clear, and we’re working to make sure Fish & Wildlife respects that.”

In an effort to prevent USFWS from disregarding clear congressional intent, the letter clarifies the language included in the House-passed version of the FY2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill that expressly prohibits USFWS from attempting to re-list the LPC under any ESA designation over the next year.

The letter was signed by House members from all five of the states with LPC habitats: Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. The thirteen other signers include: Mike Conaway (TX-11), the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Lynn Jenkins (KS-02), Mike Pompeo (KS-04), Tom Cole (OK-04), Frank Lucas (OK-03), Pete Sessions (TX-32), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), Will Hurd (TX-23), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Scott Tipton (CO-03), Ken Buck (CO-04), and Steve Pearce (NM-02). 

The text of the letter is reproduced below.


July 28, 2016


Director, Dan Ashe

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)

1849 C. Street, NW, ROOM 3331

Washington, DC 20240


Director Ashe,

We write to express our concerns over recent statements you have made regarding the status of the listing of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Following the bird’s removal from the list of threatened and endangered species, in accordance with the court order issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, your agency issued a press release stating that U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) is “undertaking a new status review to determine whether listing is again warranted.”

This assurance is extremely troubling to many of our constituents and we would like clarification on what this “new status review” looks like and how your agency intends to pay for it, as this would be in direct violation of language included in the House Passed version of the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill. To be clear, we would like to reiterate the intent of the language below.

“None of the funds made available by this Act shall be used to treat the lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species or threatened species, or a candidate for listing as such a species, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).”

This bill language is intended to prevent USFWS from attempting to re-list the lesser prairie-chicken, under any ESA designation, from now until the end of Fiscal Year 2017. At which time Congress will have the opportunity to re-evaluate the legislation. However, we are confident that efforts being taken at the state and local level will be more than enough to see that the bird’s population continues to rebound.

We thank you for your attention to this letter and look forward to your response. If you have any questions about this request, please contact Michael Brooks with Rep. Kevin Yoder at (202) 225-2865.




Kevin Yoder

Member of Congress

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Jenkins, Yoder Push VA to Explain How Disgraced Medical Center Physician Assistant Passed Background Check


Washington, D.C.  – According to recent reports, a former physician assistant, Mark Wisner, at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center had a police record prior to his hire date yet he passed his initial background check and was not given any subsequent background checks. In response, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) and Congressman Kevin Yoder (KS-03) sent a letter to Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to request more information on the initial background check and the VA’s screening process.

“The fact that a physician assistant, who takes care of our veterans on a personal level, had a police record of this nature and still passed the initial background check is astounding,” said Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. “Whether this is a lapse in leadership or negligence, we need to do more to ensure those with disturbing police records are not employed by the VA. Our veterans deserve the best quality healthcare.”

“This can never happen again, period,” said Congressman Kevin Yoder. “Our veterans sacrifice so much to defend our freedoms, and in return we must defend them from ever having to face abuse like this when they come home seeking care. I look forward to the VA’s response to our request and their thorough explanation of who will be held accountable and what specific steps can be taken to ensure no veteran will ever be subjected to this kind of pain again.”


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Rep. Yoder Joins House Blockage of the Administration’s Nuclear Deal with Iran


Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Yoder joined the bipartisan majority of the House to pass a package of bills designed to block the administration’s concessions to Iran and to hold Tehran accountable for its illicit behavior. These bills block the administration’s purchase of heavy water, prevent Iran from gaining access to the dollar, and impose new sanctions on Iran for its human rights abuses, ballistic missile development, and terror financing. After voting in favor of this package, Rep. Yoder issued the following statement:

“The Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran was a disaster a year ago when it was enacted, and it remains a disaster today. Over the last few months, reports have surfaced that the Administration plans more concessions to the Iranian Regime and will continue to remain silent in the face of its increasing aggression and violation of the deal. That’s why yesterday I joined a bipartisan majority of my colleagues in passing a package of bills that will impose new sanctions on the regime and block the Administration’s moves to give cash infusions and access to the dollar even beyond the parameters of the dangerous nuclear deal. Congress will not minimize the very real threat the Iranians pose to our national security and that of our allies in Israel in the Middle East, even if President Obama continues to do so.”


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Rep. Yoder Congratulates 2016 US Olympic Team

2016-09-28 17:01:04

Rep. Yoder Congratulates KU Chancellor Gray-Little on Retirement

2016-09-27 14:28:13

KCTV5 Reports on Rep. Yoder's Call for Investigation into Deputy Collins' Killer

2016-09-23 21:48:42

Rep. Yoder Mourns the Loss of Master Deputy Brandon Collins

2016-09-13 15:38:47

Honoring Captain Melton of KCK

2016-09-09 16:21:14

Remembering Those We Lost on September 11th

2016-09-11 13:29:41

Honoring Caleb Schwab's Memory

2016-09-06 23:52:48

Rep. Yoder Asks for Prayers for Overland Park's Ben Craig

2016-07-07 20:25:58

Happy 105th Birthday to Grandma Edna

2016-07-06 19:15:07

House Observes a Moment of Silence for Victims of Orlando Terror Attack

2016-06-13 23:07:19

KCTV5 Reporting on Rep. Yoder's Efforts to Increase Organ Donation

2016-06-02 15:53:39

41 Action News Reporting on Rep. Yoder's Letter to TSA

2016-05-26 19:26:07

Rep. Yoder Urges Colleagues to Pass the Kelsey Smith Act

2016-05-23 19:16:13

Fox 4 KC Reporting on House Vote on Kelsey Smith Act

2016-05-23 14:05:07

41 Action News Reporting on House Vote on Kelsey Smith Act

2016-05-23 13:58:28

Rep. Yoder Pays Respect to Detective Brad Lancaster of KCK Police

2016-05-12 17:17:04

41 Action News Covers Kelsey Smith Roundtable with Lenexa Police Department

2016-05-05 15:58:48

Rep. Yoder Delivers Floor Remarks on the Email Privacy Act

2016-04-27 19:00:32

Rep. Yoder Discusses Email Privacy Act with House GOP Leadership

2016-04-27 17:00:34

41 Action News Covers Missey Smith's Testimony in Washington

2016-04-14 13:44:09

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Kevin is a 5th generation Kansan who grew up on a grain and livestock farm in rural Kansas near a town called Yoder. It was on the farm where Kevin learned the true value of hard work and where he saw first-hand the ingenuity and prairie spirit that makes Kansas such a special place.

On January 5, 2011, Representative Yoder was sworn in to serve his first term as a Member of the 112th Congress.  Representative Yoder was selected as one of only three freshmen to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating federal spending.
He began his second term in the House of Representatives in January 2013. For the 113th Congress, Representative Yoder returned to the House Appropriations Committee. He serves as Vice Chairman as a member of the Agriculture Subcomittee; and sits on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and the Financial Services Subcommittee as well. Congressman Yoder is focused on balancing the federal budget, reducing the national debt and supporting policies that help private sector job growth.
During his time in Congress, Representative Yoder has received several accolades and awards for his voting record and support of various issues; including recognition as the 2012 Head Start Kansas State Children’s Champion Award; a National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” award; and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Legislative Excellence. Additionally, Representative Yoder and Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) jointly were included in the inaugural class to receive the 2012 Consensus Civility Award.
Representative Yoder was appointed by Speaker of the House John Boehner to serve on the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. Gallaudet University, located in Washington, DC, is the world’s only liberal arts university for the Deaf community and hard of hearing.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Yoder served as a State Representative in the Kansas Legislature where he represented Leawood and Overland Park. Representative Yoder chaired the House Appropriations Committee where he led the effort to cut spending, balance the Kansas state budget, and oppose tax increases.
The 3rd Congressional District of Kansas includes Johnson County, Wyandotte County and the northeast corner of Miami County. Congressman Yoder is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas where he received degrees in political science, English, and law. He lives in Overland Park with his wife, Brooke. On November 7, 2013, Rep. Yoder and Brooke announced the birth of their first child, a baby daughter named Caroline Lucille.

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