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Lynn Jenkins was one of about 20 members of Congress who met at Capitol Hill in December of 2012 to form a bi-partisan group whose stated goal is to put people before politics. The group is called "The No Labels Problem Solver Group" and it is patterned after the national organization with the same name.
Since then, the congressional group's membership has grown to more than 100 members of Congress from the Republican, Democrat and Independent parties.
"It all starts with this group of members of Congress just meeting twice a month for breakfast," Rep. Jenkins said. "It's amazing what you can get accomplished if you break bread together."
Jenkins said the "no budget, no pay" legislation was formulated at a No Labels Problem Solver Group meeting. Dozens of other pieces of non-partisan legislation has also started at NLPSG meetings.
Jenkins, who was in her hometown of Holton yesterday afternoon, on the campaign trail said she is encouraged by how, while there is still gridlock at Washington, D.C., good things are still getting done by good people.
"Even in a divided government, with one-party rule, it's possible to get things done," Jenkins said.
She said she is proud of her work on the Violence Against Women legislation, her bi-partisan approach to stopping sexual assault on college campuses, her work to stop sexual assault in the military and her work to provide mental health first-aid to those in need.
"This mid-term campaign is about Obamacare and whether the president will have Democratic control of the U.S. Senate or whether we can fix the bad policy that was sold to the American people," Jenkins said.
"In my view," Jenkins said, "We need to see if we can do better (than Obamacare). I am still convinced that I can make a positive difference."
Jenkins said she is approaching the upcoming Nov. 4 election the same was as she has approached previous ones. "I feel like if I continue to work hard for the people of the Second District, then the elections will take care of themselves," she said.
Jenkins said that voters need to know that she did not cast any votes at Washington, D.C. to cut federal funding to education, as her Democratic opponent has erroneously claimed in TV attack ads.
"Stimulus funds from the federal government to the states ran their course and then stopped," Jenkins said, "They were designed to help out states on a short-term basis, and they did that."
She said that former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has been, and continues to be, an inspiration for her. She has accompanied him on some of his recent travels across the Second District thanking Kansans for supporting him over the years.
"He encourages me to work to bring people together and find common ground for solutions to the nation's issues," Jenkins said of Dole. "When he served in Congress, elected officials took their families to Washington, D.C. They went to church together. They socialized together. Their kids were in school together. The expectations for members of Congress to get back to their home states much more often has changed now, We must find new ways to get things done like the No Labels Problem Solvers Group. And we are."
Growing up on a dairy farm near Holton, Jenkins said she learned the values of hard work, keeping your word, and the importance of serving your community. These are the same values, she said, that led her to public service and still guide her decisions, as she represents the Second District of Kansas, which includes much of eastern Kansas and the majority of northeast and southeast Kansas.
After winning election for her third, two-year, term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jenkins was selected by her colleagues to serve as the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference during the 113th Congressional session. Conference Vice Chair is the fifth-highest ranking position in House Republican Leadership. Congresswoman Jenkins is just the 25th woman in U.S. history to hold a leadership position in either branch of Congress. She has proven that she can be a leader, even if it means (at times) not following the Republican Party line.
Jenkins currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, she serves on both the Trade Subcommittee and Oversight Subcommittee.
During Jenkins’s time in Congress, she has developed a track record for supporting fiscally responsible public policy to promote job creation and economic growth, working to improve transparency in Congress and backing a strong national defense.
Jenkins has introduced legislation to make the House more accountable to how it spends taxpayer dollars, to improve transparency in the House committee process and to prevent the House from passing major legislation during a lame duck session. She continues to oppose wasteful government spending and is working to reduce the record deficits and national debt.
Jenkins worked as a certified public accountant for nearly 20 years, helping individuals and small businesses manage their finances. She also served in the Kansas House and Kansas Senate and as the 37th Kansas State Treasurer.
Jenkins graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan and Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, earning a degree in accounting with a minor in economics. She has two gown children, Hayley and Hayden.
Jenkins should be re-elected to a fourth, two-year term in Congress because she's earned it. The Kansas Second District covers a lot of territory, but that has not given Jenkins an excuse not to get out and meet with her constituents in many of the district's towns, big and small. She is as accessible as a congress person can be. Her main opponent in the upcoming election has not campaigned much or at all in this area. If a candidate seeking your vote for Congress does not visit your town before the election, how often will they think about your town after they are elected?