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Kansas House of Representatives: J.R. Claeys

KSAL Staff - September 22, 2016 8:47 am

Office: Kansas House of Representatives District 69

Candidate: J.R. Claeys

Party: Republican

Bio: Born and raised in Salina, J.R. Claeys is the son of Joseph and Judy Claeys. First elected in 2012 to the Kansas House, Claeys serves on the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee where he directed the creation of UAS projects for Salina and defended hard-working taxpayers in the budget process. He also serves on the Commerce, Labor & Economic Development Committee where he worked on STAR Bond Reform for Salina downtown revitalization. Claeys is the Chairman of the House Transportation & Public Safety Budget committee where he pushed through raises for Troopers at the Salina training academy and Corrections Officers at Ellsworth Correctional.

Claeys is a graduate of Salina Catholic Schools where his mom is a first grade teacher, and started his college career in Salina at K-State Polytechnic. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Journalism degree and holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Nonprofit Management from the George Washington University.

Candidate Statement: Salina has an unprecedented opportunity to be the leader in an emerging aviation industry, and we need leaders who are not only focused on job growth, but capable of delivering for our community. In just the past six months I’ve created a new position in KDOT Aviation to direct the growth of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry, created a research triangle between our research institutions — including K-State Polytechnic in Salina — to compete for major federal research projects, and laid the foundation to build a $20 million UAS research facility in Salina. I’ve also created an engineer and manufacturer tax credit program to encourage both the growth of aviation engineering and manufacture jobs in Salina and attendance at Kansas universities like K-State Polytechnic. There is more to be done, and I’m seeking re-election to grow good-paying jobs in Salina. Learn more about my plan to grow jobs at www.JRClaeys.com.