Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder

KANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Yoder Announces Fourth Annual Job Fair

2014/06/23

Rep. Yoder Announces Fourth Annual Job Fair Overland Park, KS – Congressman Kevin Yoder (KS-3) announced today that the fourth annual Third District Job Fair and Resource Expo will be held on August 14 at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe.  The purpose of the fair will be to help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those looking for employment and employers/business owners.  Once again, the fair will include a special morning hour exclusive to veterans only. “I’m looking forward to our fourth job fair,” said Congressman Yoder.  “These fairs have been such a success and have allowed job seekers to make important contacts with employers and has led to hundreds of jobs being filled. I encourage everyone looking for work to attend.” The Jobs Fair will last from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the 9:00-10:00 a.m. hour exclusively for veterans. Job-seekers should dress for success, bring several copies of their resume, and do not need to register or pay to attend. Details for the event: When: Thursday, August 14, 2014                                                                                     Schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Exclusive to Veterans 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Open to all Job Seekers Where: The Great Mall of the Great Plains 20700 W. 151st Street Olathe, KS 66061 Only exhibitors need to register by clicking here and filling out and submitting the form. For more information, visit www.Yoder.house.gov, or please contact Susan Metsker in Congressman Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832. ### Read More

Rep. Yoder Announces 2014 Congressional Art Competition Winner

2014/05/06

Rep. Yoder Announces 2014 Congressional Art Competition Winner Jessi Sailer, Shawnee Mission West High School senior, places first with “Freedom” Overland Park, KS – Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced the winner of the 2014 3rd District Congressional Art Competition is Jessi Sailer, a senior at Shawnee Mission West High School, for her winning art entry “Freedom.” Jessi used photography as her medium and said, “Freedom is something everyone desires. This photo is meant to be a self-portrait expressing my own freedom by dancing.”  Each year, the winner of the Congressional Art Competition has their entry hung in the halls of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center for the following year, among some of the best high school art work in the country. [[{"fid":"245","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"dancing","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"dancing"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"dancing","title":"dancing","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] “I want to congratulate Jessi for winning this year’s 3rd District Congressional Art Competition. Her entry ‘Freedom’ was chosen out of several other fantastic entries,” stated Representative Kevin Yoder. “The 3rd Congressional District has a large number of very talented young artists. I want to thank every student who submitted an art entry for their passion, and I thank our many wonderful art educators for the important work they do as well.” “In addition to Jessi, I’d like to congratulate our three Honorable Mentions from this year for their exceptional talents as well: Haley Johnson, senior at Shawnee Mission East High School, for the entry ‘Broken Self’; Maridee Weber, junior at Mill Valley High School, for the entry ‘Cat Collage’; and Christopher Cambrice, senior at Shawnee Mission North High School, for the entry ‘Schizophrenia.’ All three submitted remarkable art entries and received Honorable Mention recognition for their work. “The People’s Choice Award,” gives community members the opportunity to share with me their favorite piece of art. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Garrett Flottman from Blue Valley North High School is the 2014 “People’s Choice Award” winner for his piece “The Sea is Calling.” “Thank you to all the students who entered their work in this year’s Congressional Art Competition, and to the judges who had the difficult task of picking just one winner.” The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of the high school students in their districts. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. The winning student art will hang in the U.S. Capitol with the winning art selected from all Congressional Districts across the country from June 2014 through June 2015. Jessi’s winning art was chosen from amongst all high school art students who entered art within the 3rd Congressional District; including public and private high schools, as well as home school students.  Click here to view Jessi’s winning entry, “Freedom.” ### Read More

Rep. Yoder displays 2014 Congressional Art Competition

2014/04/21

Rep. Yoder displays 2014 Congressional Art Competition Overland Park – Rep. Kevin Yoder announced today that the high school student art entered in the 2014 Congressional Art Contest from the 3rd Congressional District is now on display in the Roeland Park Gallery, located in Roeland Park City Hall, located at 4600 West 51st Street. Artwork can be viewed by the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. from now until April 24.  “This year, high school students from across the 3rd District submitted fantastic artwork for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. I enjoy seeing the different entries each year, and I’m so impressed by the talent of our local young artists – this year’s competition will be hard to judge based on the high quality of art,” Congressman Yoder said. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation from each Congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to recognize the artistic talents of high school students in their districts. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. An Arts Advisory Committee comprised of 3rd District artists will help to select a winning entry, which will then be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. 3rd District residents are also encouraged to visit Congressman Yoder’s Facebook page and vote on their favorite art entry as the “People’s Choice Award Winner.” www.Facebook.com/CongressmanKevinYoder Those interested can also visit www.Yoder.house.gov for more information. ### Read More

Rep. Yoder Receives U.S. Chamber ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award

2014/03/12

Rep. Yoder Receives U.S. Chamber ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Yoder today received an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his consistency in supporting pro-jobs and pro-growth policies during the first session of the 113th Congress. The Chamber’s ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ award is given annually to Members of Congress based on key business issues. Members who support the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify to receive the award. According to this year’s scorecard, Yoder received an 85% rating with the Chamber in 2013 and has a cumulative rating of 90% for his tenure in Congress, tied for highest cumulative score in the Kansas Congressional delegation. “Our economy is not growing fast enough to keep pace with the number of Americans who want to get to work. I’m proud to receive this award from the U.S. Chamber because it represents my focus on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs recognize and achieve their American Dream,” Yoder stated after receiving the award. “I’ll continue my efforts to help the Kansas economy grow.” “2013 was challenging, but Congressman Yoder worked to pass legislation and enact policies that will keep our country moving forward economically,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes legislators like Congressman Yoder who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting pro-growth policies in the 113th Congress.” Click here to review the U.S. Chamber’s 2013 “How They Voted” scorecard. ### Read More

Rep. Yoder Reappointed to Gallaudet Board of Trustees

2014/03/04

Rep. Yoder Reappointed to Gallaudet Board of Trustees Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Yoder announced today he has been reappointed to the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees by Speaker of the House John Boehner. Gallaudet University is the world’s only university with programs and services designed specifically for the Deaf community and hard of hearing. “I’m delighted to reappoint Congressman Yoder to the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University. Congressman Yoder has been a leader on behalf of Deaf students and the Deaf community and I’m glad he can continue his advocacy,” stated Speaker Boehner. “The 3rd District of Kansas is the proud home to the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, and I’m honored to be reappointed to the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. I thank Speaker Boehner for the opportunity to continue in this role. I’ve enjoyed working with Dr. Hurwitz and staff at Gallaudet on behalf of Deaf students and the hard of hearing. I will continue to advocate for the entire Deaf community, including through my efforts to co-found and serve as Chair of the Congressional Deaf Caucus,” Congressman Yoder said. Gallaudet was established in 1864 by an Act of Congress, and the charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Congressman Yoder has been a member of the Board for his first four years as a Member of Congress. ### Read More

Rep. Yoder Announces 2014 Congressional Art Competition

2014/02/11

Rep. Yoder Announces 2014 Congressional Art Competition Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Yoder is now accepting entries for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition from all interested high school students in the 3rd Congressional District in Kansas. Each Spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation, from each Congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to recognize the artistic talents of high school students in their districts. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. “I am once again excited to announce we are accepting entries for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. The quality of art submitted last year was outstanding, and I look forward to seeing the art submitted for the competition this year,” stated Congressman Yoder. Students should submit entries to Rep. Yoder’s Overland Park District Office located at 7325 W. 79th St. The deadline for submitting artwork is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4th. An Arts Advisory Committee comprised of 3rd District artists will help to select a winning entry, which is then displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Art work entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work may be • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers • Collage • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints • Mixed Media • Computer Generated Art • Photography For more information or to review Congressional Art Competition guidelines, please call Rep. Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832, or visit https://Yoder.house.gov/services/art-competition . ### Read More

Rep. Yoder to host Leawood Town Hall Forum

2014/01/16

Media Advisory: Rep. Yoder to host Leawood Town Hall Forum WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Kevin Yoder will hold a Town Hall Forum on Tuesday, January, 21st at Leawood City Hall. The Town Hall Forum is open to the public and open to the media. “I always value the feedback I receive from constituents, and these town hall forums are a great way for me to hear directly from the Kansans I represent,” Congressman Yoder stated. “I look forward to giving an update on current legislation before Congress and answering questions from those who attend.”     Town Hall Forum Details WHAT:          Leawood Town Hall Forum WHEN:          Tuesday, January 21                         1:30 PM - 2:30 PM WHERE:       Leawood City Hall – Community Center (lower level)                         Oak Room                         4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood For more information, please contact Congressman Yoder’s Overland Park District Office at (913) 621-0832 or visit www.Yoder.house.gov. If you are a member of the media and wish to set up an interview with Congressman Yoder, please contact Matt.Manda@mail.house.gov . ### Read More

Rep. Yoder Votes "Yes" on Budget Compromise

2013/12/12

WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, the House passed the Ryan-Murray Budget Conference agreement by a vote of 332-94. After voting in favor for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, Congressman Yoder released the following statement: “Today, led by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the House passed its budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 on a vote of 332-94. For far too long, Congress has failed to manage the basics of running the fiscal affairs of the greatest nation on Earth. “From the fiscal cliff, to default, to shutdowns, Americans are fatigued with the inability of their elected Representatives to do the timely work necessary to find solutions that plague our ineffective and bloated federal bureaucracy. We cannot continue to lurch from crisis to crisis. “This two-year budget represents the first budget compromise in divided government since 1986, and Chairman Ryan’s budget spends tens of billions of dollars less than when I first entered Congress just 36 months ago. “We still have a long way to go, but with Chairman Ryan’s budget in place, we can now begin the difficult and important work of reprioritizing and reducing spending, eliminating programs and abusive federal regulations, and making the federal government more effective and efficient for the American people. “If we are to control spending, our country must operate under a budget. For the first time in years that has occurred, and today I voted Yes.” ### Read More

Rep. Yoder calls on House and Senate leaders to work out a compromise

2013/12/01

Rep. Yoder calls on House and Senate leaders to work out a compromise Washington, DC – Congressman Kevin Yoder made the following statement after the Senate failed to pass a House budget continuing resolution to keep the federal government open and operational: “It’s heartbreaking that Congress could not get its work done on time to keep the federal government open and running. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle worked late into the night, and we’re working again today to try to arrive at a solution that resolves our differences and opens the government quickly. Closing the federal government is simply unacceptable. As we lurch from defaults, to fiscal cliffs, to government shutdowns, I know most of the country is fatigued and frustrated with the inability of Washington to work together to solve big problems.  There is a reasonable compromise here and I hope both sides will tone down the rhetoric and work towards finding a balanced approach to solving our problems. Regardless of our differences, we are all Americans and our leaders must always put the American people first. Shutting the government down does not do that. Today, I call on House and Senate leaders from both parties to work together and find a compromise.  I will continue to do all that I can to use my voice and my vote to advocate for a responsible solution that moves us past this impasse. We are the greatest nation in the world and we deserve a government that is reflective of that greatness.” ###   Read More

Rep. Yoder Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations

2013/11/21

Rep. Yoder Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS) is pleased to nominate the following Kansans from the 3rd Congressional District to a United States Service Academy. “It is an honor to announce the nominations of the following outstanding Kansans from the 3rd Congressional District to a United States Service Academy,” Rep. Yoder said. “The caliber of these nominees is very impressive; our district will be very well represented.These young men and women are our future and I wish them well as they seek an appointment to a U.S. Service Academy.” The 3rd Congressional District’s Academy Nomination Board, appointed by Congressman Yoder, conducted interviews with the applicants and reviewed their applications and test scores. Twenty-three students were recommended for nomination. Now nominated by Congressman Yoder, the applicants must meet the requirements of each U.S. Service Academy. The Academies make the final decision on who receives an appointment of admission. U.S. Service Academy appointments will be made this spring for the class entering summer 2014. U.S. Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO Briar Belcher – Shawnee Jared Brown – Kansas City, Kansas Jacob Brown – Kansas City, Kansas Keana Ko – Lenexa  Kellen Mahood – Overland Park David Nolan – Overland Park Lucas Scott – Olathe Caitlin Smith – Olathe Luke Wetter – Olathe   U.S. Military Academy – West Point, NY Cole Mowrer – Lenexa Alex Rounds – Shawnee    U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD Leah Devers -- Olathe Jacob Dougherty – Kansas City, KS Dallas Ernsdorff – Lenexa  Joshua Kruse – Olathe  Alison Manske – Prairie Village         David Salinas, Jr. – Olathe Madison Sargent – Prairie Village Steven Skells – Shawnee  Madeline Ward – Lenexa   U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, NY Hallie Breidenthal – Overland Park Stephen Lucy – Leawood Zebadiah Willey – Olathe   Congressman Yoder will begin accepting applications, for the U.S. Service Academy 2015 class, May 15, 2014. Questions on the application process or to receive Congressman Yoder’s Academy Nomination Application packet please contact Susan Metsker in Congressman Yoder’s Overland Park Office at (913) 621-0832 or www.Yoder.house.gov ### Read More

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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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Mike Pompeo

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