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Donovan-Suellentrop.jpgRetiring Senator Endorses Rep. Gene Suellentrop for District 27 - Wichita Eagle
State Sen. Les Donovan of Wichita officially announced Saturday that he’s retiring from the Senate after 24 years and endorsed state Rep. Gene Suellentrop to take his place.





Suellentrop earns NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award

TOPEKA, July 21, 2016--The Kansas office of the National Federation of Independent Business, the state's leading small-business association, has presented its coveted Guardian of Small Business Award to state Rep. Gene Suellentrop.

The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues. The NFIB Kansas Leadership Council, an advisory board, comprised of NFIB members, voted to present the award to Suellentrop for supporting small-business issues in this year's session of the Legislature.

Dan Murray, state director of NFIB, said, "Gene Suellentrop has a 100 percent lifetime voting record with NFIB, and he went to bat for our members in this year's legislative session. As vice chair of the House Tax Committee, he helped defeat numerous bills that would have raised taxes on small businesses," Murray said. "As a member of the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee, he fought for unemployment and workers' comp reforms that would ease the financial burden on small businesses, and he opposed onerous predictive scheduling rules that would have made it harder for employers to operate and respond to worker absences."

"There is nothing more rewarding than working on legislation that helps small businesses in Kansas prosper," said Rep. Suellentrop. "I'm honored to receive this award from an organization that does so much to help small business owners." 

"Kansans are fortunate to have leaders like Gene Suellentrop fighting for them in the Legislature," Murray said. "On behalf of all small businesses in Kansas, NFIB wants to thank Representative Suellentrop for everything's he done on behalf of our state's entrepreneurs."

NFIB is Kansas' leading small-business association. Learn more at or follow NFIB on Twitter at @NFIB_KS.

Rep. Suellentrop Stands Behind Kansans for Life Appeal to Supreme Court Regarding Dismemberment Abortion

As an unwavering pro-life advocate, I commend KFI leaders for taking further action to defend The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.