HAVE YOU EVER HELD ELECTIVE OFFICE? - Yes
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN APPOINTED TO SERVE ON A BOARD OR TASK FORCE? - YES -
U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, Judge
Kansas Republican Party, Executive Committee Member
Kansas Young Republicans, Chairman
Young Republican National Federation, Campaign Committee Member
Partnership for Technology Innovation, Advisory Board Member
Small Business Coalition for Equitable Health Insurance, Communication Director
Small Business Coalition for Tax Equity, Communication Director
The 69th District of Salina is where I was born and raised and it would be an honor to serve as your State Representative. I’m J.R. Claeys and I’m a fifth-generation Kansan. I graduated from Salina Catholic Schools and Kansas State University. While working my way through college I worked here in Salina for KSAL News and Hassman Termite & Pest Control.
Mark Hassman taught me about how a small business works and the long days and hard work it takes to be successful. My career has been in business advocacy, working for the National Small Business Association and with the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy. I’ve testified on behalf of small businesses before Congressional Committees and Commissions in Washington, D.C. I’m also endorsed by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce for my work on behalf of small businesses in Kansas and across the country. We cannot tax ourselves into prosperity. I believe in reducing the tax burden on working families and small businesses.
My mother is a first-grade teacher, my brother, a school psychologist; I come from a family of educators in both public and private schools; K-12 and post-secondary educators. My commitment to Salina’s public schools and our Universities is strong. As a businessman, I know that an educated and qualified workforce is vital to a growing economy and the future of our state.
I currently serve as a member of the Kansas Republican Party State Executive Committee and as the Chairman of the Kansas Young Republicans. In 2011, I graduated from the Kansas Republican Leadership Series. I’ve also worked in fundraising for the Republican National Committee.
I’ve received the endorsements of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Kansans for Life. I’m a gun owner and member of the NRA.
I pledge to work hard for you every day as your representative, to listen to your concerns and advocate for the city of Salina first. Learn more about me at JoinJR.com.
I’d appreciate your vote for J.R. Claeys for State Representative on August 7th.