Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder


Rep. Yoder Votes “Yes” on ABLE Act


Breaking: ABLE Act Passes House of Representatives Removes barriers to success for Americans with developmental disabilities   Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act by a vote of 404-17. Congressman Yoder is a cosponsor of the ABLE Act, which amends Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. After voting in favor of the bill, Yoder released the following statement: “Today, I was proud to preside over the House debate on passing the ABLE Act. Overwhelmingly, my colleagues from both sides of the aisle voted to pass this bill, one eight years in the making. “Rather than forcing families raising children with autism or Down syndrome into bankruptcy, the ABLE Act provides them flexible savings tools to maintain greater financial security and prepare their children for a future of independent living. It does not put more burdens on bureaucratic programs. Instead, it encourages families to save, invest, and become less reliant on support from the federal government. “In our nation, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to realize their dreams and that every American should be equipped with the tools and capabilities to do so. The ABLE Act is a critical step towards allowing some of the most vulnerable Americans among us to have that capability. “Not only did I vote for this bill because it is the right thing to do, but also because of the amazing advocacy of folks like my friends Jawanda and Jonathan Mast, and their daughter Rachel, from Olathe. They fought long and hard to bring this issue to my attention immediately upon my election to Congress, and strongly advocated for its passage ever since. Today, their efforts were rewarded, and I was proud to vote yes with them and so many others on my mind.” ### Read More

Congressman Yoder on President Obama's Unconstitutional Amnesty Plan


"The President’s plan to grant amnesty to those who have entered this country illegally is unconstitutional. I strongly oppose his unilateral efforts to ignore federal law and will support any legislative means possible to stop these actions including using the power of the purse to defund these unprecedented measures.   "If there was any question about the unlawful nature of this plan, we need only to look back to President Obama’s own words: 'there are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system. That for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.'   "As many as 25 times, the President has said that the maneuvers which he is taking today are not allowable under our system of democracy. These actions ignore the will of the people who elected and sent their representation to Washington and Congress should use all of the tools at their disposal to prohibit these unconstitutional acts." Contact: Dave Natonski Phone: (202) 225-2865 Read More

Yoder Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations


For Immediate Release November 21, 2014 Contact: Dave Natonski Phone: (202) 225-2865 Yoder Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations Overland Park, KS – Congressman Kevin Yoder (KS-3) announced today that he has nominated the following students to a military academy for the class entering the fall of 2015. 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-two 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.   “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.” United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO Braydon Huschka – Overland Park Conner Galbraith – Shawnee Elizabeth Barnickel – Leawood Nicholas “Cole” Pollock – Overland Park Nicholas Williams – Overland Park Thomas Williams – Overland Park William “Drew” Stolz – Olathe Zane Moxley – Olathe   United States Military Academy – West Point, NY Abbie Lavin – Lenexa Kenneth Englert – Shawnee Sean Bowen – Shawnee       United States Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, NY Zebadiah “Zeb” Willey – Olathe   United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD Alex Quinn – Lenexa Cameron Hamm – Overland Park Chenxi He – Olathe Eli Cosner – Overland Park Kyle Garton – Overland Park Mattie Germann – Leawood Michael Healy – Leawood Michael Hund – Olathe Patrick Doyle – Prairie Village Robert “Robbie” Caldwell – Overland Park Congressman Yoder will begin accepting applications, for the U.S. Service Academy class entering 2016, May 1, 2015. The application deadline is October 1, 2015.  For 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 visit the website –   ###   Read More

Rep. Yoder Announces Free Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Events for Seniors


For Immediate Release September 19, 2014 Contact: Dave Natonski Phone: (202) 225-2865 Rep. Yoder Announces Free Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Events for Seniors Overland Park, Kansas – Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS) will host two Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance events to provide help to seniors during the upcoming Medicare Open Enrollment Period. The first event will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Wyandotte County Aging and Disability Resource Center in Kansas City, Kansas.  The subsequent event will be on Thursday, November 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission, Kansas. Trained volunteers from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program will be on hand at both events 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 events are free and open to everyone. For additional information, please contact Congressman Yoder’s District Office in Overland Park at (913) 621-0832. What:  Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Events Event 1 Where: Wyandotte County Aging and Disability Resource Center – Community Meeting Room               849 N 47th Street, Suite C               Kansas City, Kansas 66102 When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014              9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Event 2 Where: Sylvester Powell Community Center               6200 Martway Street               Mission, Kansas 66202 When: Thursday, November 6, 2014              9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  For more information on Medicare Enrollment, please visit:   ### Read More

Rep. Yoder Spearheads Letter Opposing Proposed Changes to Rules for Liver Transplants


For Immediate Release September 15, 2014 Contact: Laken Avonne Rapier Phone: (202) 225-2865 Overland Park, KS – Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS), along with more than 50 of his colleagues, has written to Administrator Mary Wakefield, at the Health Resources and Services Administration, to express concerns regarding a concept paper released by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Liver and Intestine Committee. The proposed concept paper would change the rules governing the allocation of livers for transplant. Under these proposed changes from UNOS, the geographic boundaries for sharing of donor livers would be significantly broadened, with the goal of reducing the disparities in liver allocation across the country. Wider geographic organ sharing will increase access for larger, urban transplant centers on the east and west coasts while limiting organ availability for patients in the rest of the country, such as regions in the midwest and south. The UNOS Liver and Intestine Committee is expected to meet in Chicago on September 16 to discuss this proposal. “There is a critical shortage of donor livers in the United States and a large geographic disparity in the rates of organ donation,” said Congressman Yoder. “Kansans, and the Midwest as a whole, are historically generous organ donors and UNOS should not adopt proposals that punish successful programs and decrease access to organs where donation rates are highest. We must implement programs that raise the organ donor consent rate in the areas of the country where disparities in wait times are the greatest.” Currently, there are over 12,000 patients listed for liver transplant and typically 6000 liver transplants performed annually. In addition to this letter, more than 40 transplant professionals from across the country have also expressed significant concerns regarding the scientific and economic rationales of the UNOS proposal. The full text of the letter is reproduced below.   ###   Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN Administrator Health Resources and Services Administration 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857   Dear Administrator Wakefield: We are writing to express our concern regarding a concept paper released by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Liver and Intestine Committee in July 2014 that would change the rules governing the allocation of livers for transplant. As you know, UNOS operates under the oversight of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and we request that you take steps to ensure this concept paper is evaluated in a fair and open manner with equal time given to views in opposition to and in favor of the proposal. If implemented, the proposal would result in dramatic adverse impacts for individuals with liver disease throughout the United States. More organs for transplant would travel significantly longer distances, areas with high organ donation rates would be disproportionately affected, organs would experience longer cold ischemic times, and the proposal may not have the desired effect of lowering overall wait list mortality. In addition, the administrative burdens and costs imposed on the organ procurement infrastructure would be unprecedented and could inadvertently reduce the number of livers available for transplant nationally Our immediate concern is a Liver and Intestine Committee forum scheduled for September 16 in Chicago to address the UNOS concept paper. More than 40 transplant professionals from across the country recently wrote to you expressing significant concerns regarding the scientific and economic rationales as well as the fairness of this UNOS proposal. A review of the agenda for the upcoming meeting indicates there will not be adequate time available for discussion of alternative approaches or viewpoints. We urge you to let UNOS know you expect equal time be allotted to viewpoints that differ from the concept paper. Moreover, the concept paper should not have progressed to this point without more robust scientific evidence from prior policy changes for the allocation of livers (Share 35) that UNOS implemented only one year ago. Before proceeding with any additional changes in allocation policy, the scientific community should gather and evaluate at least three years of outcomes and quality data on Share 35.  In the interim, we urge the transplant community to focus on alleviating geographic disparities by improving community education and donation rates throughout the country. We also remain concerned that the concept paper is moving forward without full adherence to the plain meaning and intent of the language on liver allocation policy that Congress included in Conference Report 111-366 accompanying the 2010 Appropriation Act for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.  We appreciate your attention to this important matter.   CC: Dr. Carl Berg MD, President OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors CC: Dr. David Mulligan MD, FACS, Chair Liver & Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee   Read More

Rep. Yoder Announces National Institutes of Health Forum in Overland Park


Rep. Yoder to Host Town Hall Forum to Focus on Federal Funding for Critical Research Discussion to feature comments by National Institutes of Health, Patient Advocates, and Local Medical Universities Overland Park, KS – Congressman Kevin Yoder is holding a Town Hall Forum on Tuesday, August 19th at the KU Edwards campus for a discussion on the importance of critical federal funding for life-saving research. The forum is at Regnier Hall Auditorium and the event will be open to the public. Constituents are encouraged to attend and engage in a conversation about the role and value of federal biomedical and scientific research, as well as the impact of this research on the local economy and Kansans fighting life-altering disease and disability. Congressman Yoder will serve as moderator of this forum. Dr. Christopher Austin, M.D., Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will travel to the 3rd District to participate in a public forum highlighting the role of the NIH and the impact NIH research efforts have in Kansas. Other panel stakeholders participating in the inaugural event include: Jeffrey Joyce, Ph.D., Vice President for Research at KCUMB; Steve O’Connor, CEO of ImpeDx Diagnostics, Inc.; Douglas A. Girod, M.D., Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center; Scott Weir, PharmD, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation for the University of Kansas; and Leesa Gabel, Cancer Survivor and Regional Leader for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. “I’m excited to welcome Dr. Austin to the 3rd District of Kansas. I am a strong supporter of biomedical research, and believe the NIH research taking place at the University of Kansas and by local entrepreneurs is having a positive impact on the health and life of Kansans across the state,” stated Congressman Kevin Yoder. “I hope this forum will allow everyone in the community to fully understand the value of the NIH and the importance of continued medical research in our efforts to improve and save lives.”   Event Details   What: Town Hall Forum to Focus on Federal Funding for Critical Research   When: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM   Where: The KU Edwards Campus Regnier Hall Auditorium 12610 Quivira Road Overland Park, KS  66213   Who: Congressman Kevin Yoder – U.S. Representative for the 3rd District of Kansas Dr. Christopher Austin, M.D. –  Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Jeffrey Joyce, Ph.D. – Vice President for Research at KCUMB Steve O’Connor – CEO of ImpeDx Diagnostics, Inc. Douglas A. Girod, M.D. – Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center Scott Weir, PharmD, Ph.D. – Director of Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation for the University of Kansas Leesa Gabel – Cancer Survivor and Regional Leader for the LIVESTRONG Foundation     ### Read More

After Five Years, Kelsey Smith Act Passes House Committee


Breaking: After Five Years, Kelsey Smith Act Passes House Committee Legislation removes barriers to help law enforcement save lives faster Washington, D.C. – Kansas 3rd District Congressman Kevin Yoder today praised the work of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for passing H.R. 1575, the Kelsey Smith Act, out of committee. Representative Yoder introduced the Kelsey Smith Act in 2013, and the bill will now move forward for possible consideration by the full House of Representatives. Although the bill was first introduced in 2009, the Kelsey Smith Act has never been passed out of a full House Committee until today, a major step forward in the legislative process. “Today we are one step closer to making the Kelsey Smith Act the federal standard, greatly improving the chances of locating loved ones who have gone missing or who have been abducted. When every second matters, the Kelsey Smith Act means lives will be saved, and law enforcement will shave precious time off their response to missing persons by working hand in hand with telecommunications companies,” stated Congressman Kevin Yoder. “I thank Kelsey Smith’s parents, Greg and Missey, for their steadfast resolve in advocating for this legislation. And I thank my House colleagues in the Energy and Commerce Committee for their work in passing this bill and moving it forward.” “We continue to be amazed at how our daughter Kelsey is still making a difference. It is humbling that one eighteen year old girl has impacted the nation in a way that will save lives. We would like to thank Congressman Yoder for his efforts, the wireless providers for their cooperation, and the committee for passing the bill. This is a great day,” said Kansas State Senator Greg Smith. On June 2, 2007, Kelsey Smith an 18 year old graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School, after shopping at an Overland Park department store was abducted, raped, and murdered. Her car was found in a nearby parking lot. A search for her began immediately. There were many difficulties in law enforcement being able to locate her cell phone location information. Once that was released and the cell coordinates narrowed, Kelsey was found in about 45 minutes. The Kelsey Smith Act would help law enforcement and telecommunication officials work together quickly in cases of emergency to the locate cell phones of missing persons. Passing the Kelsey Smith Act will codify federal legislation that is already law in sixteen states, including Kansas. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts. ### Read More

Rep. Yoder Announces Fourth Annual Job Fair


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, 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


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


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.” Those interested can also visit for more information. ### 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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