Dighton's Hineman files to make run in 118th Dist.


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

State Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton, has filed with the Kansas Secretary of State to run for another term representing the 118th District in 2014.

Hineman, 66, was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008.

"I have been pleased by the number of people at recent meetings and presentations who have asked me if I planned to run again," Hineman said. "With their positive support, I decided to step forward and answer this question so I can concentrate on the next session."

Hineman currently is chairman of the House Rural Caucus, and also serves as a member on the Taxation, General Government Budget, and Vision 2020 committees. Previous assignments have included House Appropriations, Agriculture, Education, Local Government and Energy and Utilities committees.

"My priorities for the future are relatively unchanged from when I first traveled the 304 miles to the State Capitol," he said. "I will be working to ensure safe rural communities that are rewarding places to live, strong public school systems, support for free market enterprise, and respect for private property rights."

In his announcement, Hineman included a line from an Aug. 10 editorial in The Telegram that praised Hineman as "a lawmaker who would resist rubber-stamping an ultraconservative agenda that only promises to penalize low- and middle-income Kansans. He is indeed representing the interests of the people he serves."

Hineman, a fourth-generation Kansan and farmer, is a graduate of the University of Kansas and earned two master's degrees from the University of Michigan in business administration with an emphasis in operations research, and a master of science degree in Natural Resources.

Prior to running for the Kansas Legislature, Hineman served on the Dighton City Council and the Lane County Commission. He also has been active in state and national livestock associations and is an active member of the Dighton United Methodist Church.

Hineman and his wife, Betsy, have two children, Andy and Sarah, and six grandchildren.

The 118th district includes all of Gove, Lane, Logan, Scott, Sheridan, Trego and Wichita counties, and parts of Graham, Rooks and Thomas counties.

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