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Kansas Facts

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Your elected officials are:

United States Senators:
Pat Roberts
Jerry Moran

United States Representatives:
Tim Huelskamp
Lynn Jenkins
Kevin Yoder
Mike Pompeo

Governor:
Sam Brownback

Lieutenant Governor:
Jeff Colyer

State Treasurer:
Ron Estes

Secretary of State:
Kris Kobach

Insurance Commissioner:
Sandy Praeger

Attorney General:
Derek Schmidt
 
  • Kansas, the 34th state to gain admittance to the Union, is in the geographic center of the continental United States.
  • Admitted as a free state, we joined the Union on January 29, 1861, and played a key role in the Civil War.
  • The state motto is "Ad Astra Per Aspera" which is Latin for "To the Stars through difficulty."
  • The nickname of Kansas is the Sunflower State.
  • The state bird is the Western Meadowlark.
  • The state flower is the Sunflower.
  • The state tree is the Cottonwood.
  • The state animal is the Bison.
  • The State insect is the Honeybee.
  • The state reptile is the Ornate Box Turtle.
  • The state amphibian is the Barred Tiger Salamander.
  • Topeka is the capital city.
  • Kansas has more than two million people. Most people live in the eastern third of the state, which is shaped like a rectangle.
  • Kansas is one of the midwestern plains states. It is not mountainous, although it has rolling hills.
  • The state is ideal for farming with warm, sunny summers and mild but snowy winters. Our farmland mainly produces wheat, corn and milo.
  • Kansas' main industry is airplane production. Boeing, Learjet, Raytheon and Cessna produce their airplanes in Wichita, Kansas.
  • The University of Kansas and Kansas State University are the largest of our seven major universities.
  • Washburn University, located in Topeka, is the only remaining municipal university in the country.
  • Kansas also has 19 community colleges.
  • Kansas is famous for being the home of former President Dwight David Eisenhower.
  • Another Famous Kansan, Amelia Earhart, was the first woman granted a pilot's license by the National Aeronautics Association and the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Kansas was also as the home of astronauts Ron Evans, Joe Engle and Steve Hawley.
  • The state song is "Home on the Range" by Dr. Brewster Higley.
  • Your elected officials are:
    • United States Senators: Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran
    • United States Representatives: Tim Huelskamp, Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Yoder and Mike Pompeo
    • Governor: Sam Brownback
    • Lieutenant Governor: Jeff Colyer
    • State Treasurer: Ron Estes
    • Secretary of State: Kris Kobach
    • Insurance Commissioner: Sandy Praeger
    • Attorney General: Derek Schmidt

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