Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder

KANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Yoder Welcomes FCC Commissioner Pai to Lenexa

2016/05/02

Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) welcomes FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to Kansas on Wednesday to discuss the success of the Kelsey Smith law in Kansas and push to create a national standard for law enforcement that already exists in twenty-two states.

The Kelsey Smith Act, H.R. 4889, which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week, would help law enforcement and telecommunication officials work together quickly in cases of emergency to locate cell phones of missing persons. In 2015, a car was stolen in Lenexa with a five-month-old child inside. Based on the Kansas state-level version of the Kelsey Smith Act that was signed into law in 2009, Lenexa Police were able to track down the vehicle in 35 minutes because the victim’s cell phone was inside. Lenexa Police will demonstrate how the law worked in this situation and highlight the need for the federal law.

WHO:             Representative Kevin Yoder

                    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai                      

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 4, 2016

                    Media Avail – 2:45 PM

WHERE:       Lenexa Police Department

                    12500 W. 87th St. Parkway

                    Lenexa, KS 66215

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Rep. Yoder Announces Louisburg Town Hall Forum

2016/04/22

Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder will hold a Town Hall Forum in Louisburg, Kansas on Wednesday, May 4th. The event will be open to the public. Media is also invited to attend.

WHO:             Representative Kevin Yoder

WHAT:           Louisburg Town Hall Forum

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 4, 2016

                      6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

WHERE:       Louisburg City Hall - Council Chambers

                      215 South Broadway Street

                      Louisburg, KS 66053

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Yoder Applauds Subcommittee for Passage of Kelsey Smith Act

2016/04/19

Washington, D.C.  – This afternoon, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce and Technology unanimously passed H.R. 4889, the Kelsey Smith Act, legislation to help law enforcement and telecommunication officials work together quickly in cases of emergency to the locate cell phones of missing persons. After the bill was reported favorably out of the Subcommittee, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:

“I’m glad to see the Subcommittee on Commerce and Technology act to quickly pass the Kelsey Smith Act less than a week after holding a hearing on the bill. I want to thank Chairman Walden for his continued efforts to keep the legislative process moving and I look forward to the bill’s consideration in the full Energy and Commerce Committee soon. It’s time to give law enforcement officials more effective tools to try and prevent horrible crimes like what happened to Kelsey from ever happening again.” 

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House Judiciary Committee Passes Email Privacy Act

2016/04/13

Washington, D.C.  – This morning, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, digital privacy reform legislation introduced and championed by Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) by a vote of 28-0. The bill, which is the most cosponsored bill in the 114th Congress, updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to improve privacy protections for electronic communications stored or maintained by a third-party service provider. After the bill’s passage, Representative Yoder issued the following statement:

“Today is a great day for not only the Fourth Amendment advocates who have fought long and hard to move the Email Privacy Act, but also for all Americans, who are one step closer to having private and secure digital communications. I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte and the Committee for coming to an agreement that achieves the goals of the most-widely supported legislation in Congress. Mr. Speaker, now’s the time to take up this bill on the House floor and send it to the President’s desk for his signature.” 

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Reps. Yoder, Luetkemeyer Demand Answers from ICE Officials on KCK Murders

2016/04/07

Overland Park, KS – Yesterday, Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) sent a letter to United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson demanding answers about the failures of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to detain and deport Pablo Serrano-Vitorino, who allegedly killed four people in Kansas City, Kansas and one person in Montgomery County, Missouri in March. Serrano-Vitorino was previously deported but had subsequently re-entered the United States and had multiple encounters with law enforcement before his arrest.

“This man slipped through ICE's fingers and they admittedly stopped searching for him,” Representative Yoder said. “He was convicted of multiple felonies, but was somehow not a priority. Now five people are dead. We’re not going to stop this inquiry until we can get some answers and pinpoint how we can stop this from happening again.”

“After the conference call that Rep. Yoder and I had last month with ICE officials, we were left with lingering questions as to just how Pablo Serrano-Vitorino re-entered America and avoided deportation despite ICE’s knowledge of his presence in the United States,” Representative Luetkemeyer said. “ICE’s failures in this case were completely unacceptable and the American people deserve answers as to how this happened and deserve to know what ICE is going to change the way it does business to make sure this never happens again.”

The full text of the letter is below.

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The Honorable Jeh Johnson

Secretary

Department of Homeland Security

Washington D.C. 20528

 

Secretary Johnson:

            We write to express our deep concerns with the failure of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce our nation’s immigration laws and keep violent criminal illegal aliens off America’s streets. The failure appears to not only be a symptom of bureaucratic ineptitude but also a systematic disregard for the safety of American citizens instituted through enforcement policies that you put in place.

As you may know, on March 7, 2016 Pablo Serrano-Vitorino allegedly killed four individuals in Kansas City, Kansas. Serrano-Vitorino then fled to Montgomery County, Missouri where he allegedly killed another individual. He was eventually captured by local authorities in the early hours of March 9, 2016 after a lengthy manhunt. Serrano-Vitorino is in this country illegally and had previously been deported from the United States but subsequently re-entered the country at some point. His previous deportation occurred after he was convicted and incarcerated for a violent felony in California. The most disturbing aspect is that he had multiple encounters with law enforcement since he re-entered the country and yet ICE failed to deport him again.

            It has been reported that ICE was notified at least twice that Serrano-Vitorino had been arrested by local law enforcement in the last 18 months, and yet was allowed to be released. On one recent occasion, after notification from local law enforcement, ICE sent a detainer request for Serrano-Vitorino to the wrong office, allowing him to once again be released. In each of these occasions ICE failed to effectively communicate with local law enforcement in order to ensure this dangerous criminal was removed from the United States. This is not the first time that a violent criminal illegal alien has evaded ICE’s grasp. The release of illegal aliens due to bureaucratic incompetence cannot be tolerated and we urge you to make substantive reforms to the process to ensure that dangerous individuals are removed from our communities. 

            In addition, In November 2014 you released a memorandum titled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” This memorandum outlines ICE’s Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) which established certain priorities for the deportation of illegal immigrants. While PEP is set up to prioritize certain dangerous individuals for deportation it is evident that this program has created an environment where individuals can fall through the cracks. 

            In order to better understand the circumstances that led to this tragic situation, we request responses to the following inquiries.

  1. Outline each instance in which Serrano-Vitorino was encountered by U.S. law enforcement both prior to, including, and after his deportation. Please include the date, jurisdiction where this occurred, and the nature of any charges, if applicable.
  2. In each of these instances please describe the attempts by local law enforcement to notify ICE of the custody of Serrano-Vitorino, and ICE’s subsequent actions on each encounter. Please include the dates that Serrano-Vitorino was released from law enforcement custody and the reason he was released.
  3. Was Serrano-Vitorino ever classified under any priority level of the PEP? If so, please explain this classification. If not, please explain?
  4. What specific actions did ICE take to capture Serrano-Vitorino if/when it was identified that he had re-entered the United States? Did ICE reach out to local law enforcement in an attempt to find him?
  5. How many individuals who are classified as a priority under the PEP are known to be at large in the United States? Please classify these individuals be their priority. What is ICE doing to ensure these individuals are captured?
  6. Give a report as to the amount of aliens that were apprehended by ICE officers and deported. (Note: This does not include individuals that ICE identified for removal, but were in custody of another law enforcement agency, and it does not include aliens that were caught at the border.) 
  7. Explain the process in which ICE reinstates a prior removal order for an alien.
  8. It is clear that a disconnect exists between local law enforcement and ICE. Give recommendations that will help improve communication and cohesiveness between ICE and local law enforcement to ensure that any individual who is fit for removal is not released from police custody.

We look forward to your prompt and thorough response to these requests. Information regarding this information is vital for Congress to exercise its oversight responsivity for these programs and policies. If you have any questions please contact Lucas West at (202) 225-2956.

 

 

 

Blaine Luetkemeyer                                                                Kevin Yoder

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

cc: The Honorable Sarah Saldana, Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

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Rep. Yoder Announces Third District Job Fair and Resource Expo

2016/03/30

Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he will be holding his sixth Third District Job Fair and Resource Expo on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Ball Conference Center in Olathe, Kansas  As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local business owners who are currently hiring. The job fair will include a special morning hour exclusively for veterans.

The Job Fair and Resource Expo 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 this event. 

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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

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

WHERE:        Ball Conference Center

21350 West 153rd Street

Olathe, KS  66061

Only exhibitors need to register by clicking here and completing the form.

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

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Rep. Yoder Announces Lenexa Town Hall Forum

2016/03/29

Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder will hold a Town Hall Forum in Lenexa, Kansas on Wednesday, April 6th. The event will be open to the public. Media is also invited to attend.

WHO:               Representative Kevin Yoder

WHAT:             Lenexa Town Hall Forum

WHEN:            Wednesday, April 6, 2016

                       9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

WHERE:         Thompson Barn

                      11184 Lackman Road

                      Lenexa, Kansas 66219

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Rep. Yoder Reintroduces Kelsey Smith Act to Help Prevent Violent Crimes

2016/03/23

Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) reintroduced the Kelsey Smith Act, legislation named after the 18-year-old Shawnee Mission West graduate who was tragically abducted and murdered in 2007 after shopping at an Overland Park department store. After Kelsey’s car was found in a nearby parking lot, police immediately began searching for her but were unsuccessful over a period of four days until her cell phone’s location information was turned over to the authorities. Kelsey was then found in about 45 minutes.

“What happened to Kelsey Smith was an absolute tragedy,” Representative Yoder said. “This bill, named in her memory, will give law enforcement officials more effective tools to try and prevent horrible crimes like this from happening again. It provides a narrow emergency exception that preserves the privacy of cell phone users, but removes red tape so police can act quickly in an emergency. It strikes the right balance, which is why we’ve seen more than twenty states pass similar legislation. I want to thank Greg and Missey for their advocacy and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to get this passed.”

The Kelsey Smith Act would help law enforcement and telecommunication officials work together quickly in cases of emergency to locate cell phones of missing persons. While current law does allow service providers to hand over location information to the authorities, it does not compel them to do so in cases of emergency. The bill would bring federal law in line with existing law in twenty-two states, including Kansas. It was previously passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in July 2014, but did not receive a vote on the House floor.

“We wish to thank Congressman Yoder for his diligence in working the Kelsey Smith Act. We understand that these things take time and greatly appreciate the introduction of it again,” Kansas Senator Greg and his wife Missey Smith said in a joint statement. “As of two days ago, twenty-two states have passed this life saving legislation and federal passage would provide uniformity across the United States. We are hopeful that this will be the year it passes.”

“The Kelsey Smith Act is commonsense legislation that makes it easier for law enforcement to find our children if the nightmare of abduction ever becomes a reality,” Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) said. “Because the fear of legal liability is a legitimate concern, our bill provides industry and law enforcement with the necessary tools to work together to do everything they can to find a loved one in danger when seconds count, while at the same time ensuring that all citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights are protected. Twenty-two states already have the Kelsey Smith law on the books. It is past time to make this protection available to all Americans.”

Senator Roberts has introduced the Kelsey Smith Act in previous Congresses and will introduce companion legislation in the Senate next month.

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Reps. Luetkemeyer and Yoder Question Immigration Officials Following Tragic Murders in MO, KS

2016/03/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the tragic murders that took place in Montgomery County, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas last week, U.S. Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and Kevin Yoder (KS-03) convened a meeting this morning with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to get to the bottom of what happened.

“Montgomery County, particularly the city of New Florence, was rocked last week when the news broke that an illegal alien and alleged murderer, Pablo Serrano-Vitorino, killed a citizen,” Luetkemeyer said. “Since the murders in New Florence and in Kansas City, information has come to light that Serrano-Vitorino was deported from the United States in 2004 and had been arrested numerous times since he illegally re-entered our country, but he was never deported again. Representative Yoder and I will continue to demand answers from ICE officials regarding this tragedy. This case, and the many others like it, is further proof of our country’s failed immigration policies and the unacceptable failure of administration officials to enforce the law. We must secure our borders, deport criminals, enforce our laws, and hold officials accountable for breakdowns such as this.”

“After today’s call it’s evident the breakdown that occurred in this case is a symptom of the overall issue: our government has failed to adequately secure our borders,” Yoder said. “Because of that failure, ICE is overwhelmed in trying to detain and deport these criminals and mistakes are made. We can’t make mistakes when lives are at stake. We can’t be sending a mop-up crew to clean up a breach in a dam. That’s why I’m going to continue to fight for a secure border to ensure the safety of innocent Americans in their lives and in their homes.”

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Rep. Yoder to Address RareKC Town Hall

2016/02/25

Washington, DC – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he will address RareKC’s Rare Disease Day 2016 Kansas City Town Hall Meeting on Monday. The event will highlight the importance of and need for researching cures to rare diseases, and will feature several speakers and panels on the topic. The event is open to the public and members of the media are invited to attend.

WHO:             Representative Kevin Yoder

WHAT:           Rare Disease Day 2016

                     Kansas City Town Hall Meeting

WHEN:           Monday, February 29, 2016

                     8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WHERE:        Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

                     4801 Rockhill Road

                     Kansas City, Missouri

In December, Representative Yoder led an effort among House Republicans to secure the largest funding increase at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2003. Rep. Yoder has been a leading conservative voice in support of increased federal investment in biomedical research and has called for a full doubling of NIH funding by the end of this decade. 

The RareKC Project is an organization located in Kansas City founded in 2015 to help those challenged by rare diseases.

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2016-04-08 16:03:45


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2016-03-29 16:17:43


Rep. Yoder Addresses ISIS Attacks in Brussels on House Floor

2016-03-22 16:38:25


Rep. Yoder Talks Immigration Policies with KMBC in Wake of KCK Shooting

2016-03-21 14:37:42


Rep. Yoder Discussing Zika Virus with USDA Researchers

2016-03-16 19:24:49


Rep. Yoder Questions Treasury Secretary Lew on the Growing National Debt

2016-03-16 16:23:04


Rep. Yoder Questioning FCC Chairman Wheeler & Commissioner Pai

2016-03-15 22:24:19


Rep. Yoder Pays Respect to Hesston Victims on House Floor

2016-03-01 17:44:14


Rep. Yoder Questioning GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth

2016-02-29 23:10:54


Rep. Yoder Questions Transportation Secretary Foxx on Admin's Gas Tax Proposal

2016-02-24 22:05:51


Rep. Yoder Speaks Out Against President’s Guantanamo Closure Plan on House Floor

2016-02-24 00:38:12


Rep. Yoder Questions OMB Director on President Obama's Final Budget Proposal

2016-02-23 23:11:20


Rep. Yoder Applauds Supreme Court Stay on Clean Power Plan

2016-02-11 22:45:31


Rep. Yoder Questions USDA Secretary on Crop Insurance & WOTUS

2016-02-11 18:02:15


Happy Birthday Speaker Ryan

2016-01-29 15:10:52


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215 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2865
Fax 202-225-2807
yoder.house.gov

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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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Tim Huelskamp

KANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Lynn Jenkins

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