Holton native Jenkins to seek fifth Congressional term
Congresswoman and Holton native Lynn Jenkins filed on Thursday for election to a fifth two-year term as Kansas’ Second District Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, it has been reported.
Jenkins, who has served in Congress since 2009, expressed a desire to continue her efforts “to rein in federal spending, stop President Obama from fulfilling his campaign promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, advance important mental health reforms and slow President Obama’s excessive and harmful regulations, such as the Waters of the United States rule.”
Jenkins is currently the only Republican seeking election to the Second District Congressional seat. Two Democrats, Brittany Potter of Ottawa and Mike Pryor of Lawrence, have filed for election to the position; the filing deadline is Wednesday, June 1, it was reported.
A 1981 graduate of Holton High School, Jenkins, 52, first served in state government in the Kansas House of Representatives, from 1999 to 2000, and in the Kansas Senate, from 2000 to 2002. She was elected Kansas State Treasurer in 2002 and held the position until running for election to the Congressional seat in 2008.
“I was born and raised in the Second Congressional District of Kansas and have been so honored to represent eastern Kansans in Congress for the past seven years,” she said. “I get a constant reminder everywhere I go that we value hard work, self-reliance, honesty and compassion And it is these values that I take to Congress and do my best to promote and defend against the relentless attacks of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Washington insiders.”
She is the longest-serving of Kansas’ four representatives in Congress, it was reported.