Lynn Jenkins (born June 10, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. She is a member of the Republican Party. As of the 112th Congress, she is the senior member of Kansas' House delegation. She previously served as Kansas State Treasurer from 2002 to 2008, and in the Kansas House of Representatives and the Kansas Senate, from 1999 to 2002.
Jenkins was born in Holton, Kansas, and is a sixth-generation Kansan. She was raised on a dairy farm in Holton, where she attended high school.
Later she graduated from Kansas State University and Weber State College with an accounting major and an economics minor. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Early political career
Jenkins served for two years in the Kansas House of Representatives and for one term in the Kansas State Senate. She was elected State Treasurer in 2002 at which time she began serving in a number of organizations, including as president of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST).
U.S. House of Representatives
On April 4, 2007, Jenkins announced that she had filed papers with the Federal Election Commission as a first step of running for the U.S. House of Representatives for Kansas's 2nd congressional district.
Her opponent in the Republican primary was former U.S.
Representative Jim Ryun, who served five terms before being defeated in 2006 by Democrat Nancy Boyda, who ran for reelection. In the campaign between Jenkins and Ryun, he criticized her for having voted for tax increases while a state legislator, and she criticized him for having supported earmarks. Jenkins was seen as more moderate than Ryun and received the support of the Republican Leadership Council. The primary was held on August 5, 2008. Jenkins won the Republican nomination by approximately 1,000 votes. In the general election, Jenkins went on to defeat Boyda by a 51% to 46% margin.
Jenkins was sworn in to Congress in January 2009. During her first month in office, she introduced a bill that would "prohibit the use of funds to transfer enemy combatants [in] Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas."
Jenkins favors making the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts permanent. She also favors eliminating the federal estate tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax. She is a current signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Jenkins has been critical of "wasteful pork-barrel projects" and earmarks.
Jenkins has labeled Democrats as "tax and spend."
Jenkins has denounced "unchecked illegal immigration" that "is wreaking havoc on our economic, legal, and national security interests." She opposes "amnesty" (allowing illegal immigrants to become legal residents) and has called for an increase in border security " through increasing border agents, building additional fences, and utilizing technology."
Jenkins claims that the oil price increases since 2003 are the result of "of excess regulation." She supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and increased offshore drilling.
Jenkins has two children, Hayley and Hayden, and was married for 25 years. Her husband Scott filed for divorce on Friday, November 7, 2008, shortly after her election to the U.S. House.
November 11th, 2011