TOPEKA– House Speaker Pro Tem Arlen Siegfreid (R-Olathe) today announced he is running for re-election
in the Kansas House of Representatives’ 15th District.
“We’re at a critical juncture for our community, our state, and ultimately our nation,” Rep. Siegfreid said. “We
need serious, experienced leaders representing each. It’s an honor to represent the citizens of Olathe, and I’m
committed to continuing this work for our families and our community.”
Since joining the Legislature in 2003, Rep. Siegfreid has crafted substantive tax reform as a longtime member
of the Taxation Committee, and served as Chairman of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee—one
of the legislature’s most critical and influential committees.
His proven leadership in both regards, and reputation as one of the legislature’s most respected members
earned him election by his peers as House Speaker Pro Tem for the 2009-10 sessions.
Kansas Republican Party Chairwoman Amanda Adkins highlighted the key role Rep. Siegfreid plays in the
legislature, and in the future of Kansas.
"Arlen represents the kind of authentic conservative leadership Kansas needs at a critical point in our state's
history," Adkins said. "He's an influential part of our leadership team, and an excellent resource for not only
the citizens of Olathe, but all Kansans."
As a legislator, Rep. Siegfreid has been focused on business and economic growth issues, and is a wellrespected
authority on Kansas tax policy. Noted by many of his colleagues as a strong advocate for fiscal
responsibility and responsible spending, Rep. Siegfreid has worked diligently to save Kansas jobs and foster
continued economic prosperity for the state. His dedication to Olathe and his district placed him on the list of
Olathe’s 150 most notable historical figures in 2008.
The Olathe representative serves on the House Taxation and Education Budget Committees. He has been
married to his wife, Barbara, a retired physical education teacher at Fairview Elementary in Olathe for 30
years. They have 5 children, and 8 grandchildren.
The 15th House District includes parts of the city of Olathe and Olathe Township in Johnson County.
Siegfreid Authors Tax Simplification Bill
TOPEKA—Rep. Arlen Siegfreid (R-Olathe) today testified before the House Taxation Committee supporting a bill he’s sponsoring to establish the Simplified State Tax Structure Committee. The measure, HB 2463, would assemble a panel of legislators and Kansas economists tasked with creating a fair, simple and effective tax code.
“Kansas tax policy is too complicated,” said Rep. Siegfreid. “It’s difficult to understand the impact of decisions we’re making because current tax laws are so complex and interwoven. We have to establish a clear set of policies and simplify the entire process.”
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Siegfreid Leads on Health Care
On December 31, Speaker Pro-Tem Arlen Siegfreid joined with other legislative leaders in asking Attorney General Steve Six to join with other states in investigating the Constitutionality of the recent Health Care bill that passed the United States Senate. For the letter to AG Six that Arlen signed, click here.
Siegfreid Releses Legislative Research Memo on Budget
For his entire time in the Kansas House, Rep. Siegfreid has been fighting for increased fiscal responsiblity and addressing the impendending budget crisis. A recent memo by the Kansas Legislative Resarch Department highlights some of the statistics that Kansans should be aware of when considering the issue of the budget in the upcoming legislative session. For this memo, click here.
Siegfreid Fights for Gun Rights
Arlen Siegfreid and several other elected officials have taken a strong, unified stance in support of Second Amendment rights. Siegfreid joined with the Republican members of the Kansas Congressional delegation, State Treasurer Dennis McKinney and over two dozen members of the Kansas Legislature and signed the National Rifle Association’s amicus curiae brief in the court case of McDonald vs. City of Chicago. The McDonald vs. City of Chicago case will determine whether a Chicago ban on firearms is unconstitutional.
In a recent article covering this topic in the Kansas Liberty, Siegfreid was quoted. Here is the excerpt:
Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, said he wanted the courts to recognize the fact that the Second Amendment is not just a law that cities or states can interpret.
“I want to make the point that the Second Amendment is an individual right; it is not a law,” Siegfreid told Kansas Liberty. “I just wish they would make a sweeping statement at the Supreme Court level so we don’t have to play defense in every community.”
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