Election Night: Here’s What Happened

November 7

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all of your hard work and diligent prayers these last several months. While we were disappointed to see Kris Kobach lose in his bid for governor, a story that will no doubt steal most of the headlines, there was actually a lot to celebrate last night.

In the House of Representatives, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas endorsed 42 candidates in the general election – 34 of them won! This includes several newcomers, many of whom will fight for life, family, and religious freedom unlike the previous incumbent. We are especially excited to welcome Chris Croft, Kellie Warren, Megan Lynn, Steve Kelly, Adam Thomas, Charlotte Esau, David French, Cheryl Helmer, Bill Rhiley, Paul Waggoner and Renee Erickson.

Family Policy Alliance of Kansas also saw our endorsed candidate for the Fourth Congressional District, Ron Estes, State Senator Richard Hilderbrand, State School Board candidate Michelle Dombrosky, and State Treasurer Jake LaTurner win.

The so-called “Blue Wave” may not have hit the country, but it definitely struck Johnson County. The silver lining here is that several of the most anti-life, anti-family members of the Kansas Republican caucus lost to Democrats, so while the party split stayed roughly the same, the Republican caucus is much more conservative overall.

By my count, 15 members of the House who voted against the Adoption Protection Act lost their seats, compared to just 3 who voted for the important bill who were defeated.

There were some tough losses, too. Statesman Tony Barton lost his bid to take back his former seat, and Statesman Abe Rafie lost his bid for re-election. We also saw Wendy Bingesser lose her seat to Kansas’ first openly gay House member, replacing Statesman Randy Powell (who retired).


Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

PS. Family Policy Alliance invests heavily in Kansas—for the 2018 election, but also year round. This is because we believe in Kansas, and we are committed to restoring a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. That vision starts in the states—it starts in Kansas. We are honored to put our full support behind Family Policy Alliance of Kansas because we know that is what it takes to achieve a big vision—it takes leaders on the ground who live and work in Kansas, partnering with pastors and churches, Christian business leaders, pro-family elected leaders, families, and you.

While elections are important, we are committed to seeing God’s people “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32) in Kansas every day—not just for any single election. May God bless you and your family, and know that we are a movement of states working together nationally, standing with and supporting you in Kansas.

Standing with you,
Paul Weber's Signature
Paul Weber, President & CEO
Family Policy Alliance