Meet Katie Sawyer
Meet Kansas’ Next Lt. Governor:
Katie Sawyer brings a wealth of both public- and private-sector experience to the Schmidt-Sawyer ticket, as well as a deep personal understanding of the hopes and priorities of Kansans. She is a fifth-generation Kansan and, along with her husband, a fourth-generation owner and operator of their family farm in McPherson County. They manage the diversified crop operation, commercial cow herd, and Sawyer Family Angus. Under their leadership the operation has grown to include additional crop acres, cattle facilities, and pasture ground.
Katie, 38, brings to the ticket the perspective of a young professional who is both a working mom and a hard-charging conservative Republican woman. As a senior constituent services professional in the Kansas congressional delegation, Katie listens to and advocates for the diverse needs and interests of Kansans in all 105 counties. She loves Kansas.
Katie previously worked as an educator at McPherson College, in the private sector in marketing and business development, as managing editor of the McPherson Sentinel, and as a reporter at the Pittsburg Morning Sun.
A strong believer in traditional Kansas values, Katie Sawyer wants every Kansan to have the opportunities she and her family have been afforded to build a wonderful life here in the greatest state in America. She believes Kansas needs new leadership in the Governor’s office and is running for Lieutenant Governor to help Derek Schmidt get Kansas on the right track to a bright and better future. Together, the Schmidt-Sawyer administration will fight each day to provide all Kansans with new opportunities to fulfill their American dream.
Katie believes there is nothing better than a hard day’s work and quality time with her family. She knows from personal experience that Kansas families, small businesses, farms and ranches, schools and communities are what make our state great, but she also knows the value of a small, efficient, and effective government – for the people and by the people.
Katie grew up in McPherson and is a graduate of McPherson High School. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in communications and international studies from Pittsburg State University and a Master’s degree in strategic communications from Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Katie is Chair of the Inman Community Foundation Board, a member of the Inman Chamber of Commerce, a graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series, and a parent leader for her son’s 4-H club. The Sawyer family attends church services at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman.
Katie is an avid runner. She and her husband are the parents of two young sons.