Kansas faces significant challenges. Jim Ward has a reputation of working for our shared values with common sense solutions.
Jim Ward is a proud Kansan. He was raised in a middle class family with 3 sisters and a brother. His foundational values of family, faith and community were instilled at a young age. Jim attended Bishop Carroll High School, graduating in 1976. He graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor’s degree.
After finishing a law degree from Washburn School of Law, Jim returned to Wichita and began a career in public service. He went to work protecting consumer enforcing Consumer Protection laws in the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s. Jim was one of two attorneys to prosecute the first case where DNA was used to convict a murder. After 5 years of representing the people of Kansas prosecuting criminals Jim opened his own law office. In legal practice Jim has served as Guardian for children, represented parents and grandparents involved in abuse and neglect cases. Among his many professional experiences, Jim has served as a pro tem judge in municipal court.
In 1988, Jim was elected from his neighborhood to serve as a member of Citizen Participant Organization, which advised the Wichita City Council. Jim was then elected to the Wichita City Council from the 6th District. While on the Council Jim fought to hire more police officers to reduce response time and begin to build community policing. He also worked to increase pay for firefighters and police officers.
Next Jim serve in the Kansas Senate where he part of a coalition that built a new formula to fund public education based on the individual needs of children. State spending for schools was based on the needs of individual students to be successful, not the luck their zip code. An added benefit was local property taxes were cut from 90 mills to 35 mills. Schools are held accountable for student success.
Jim spent four years serving on the local school board where he work on issue of school safety, improving math results, reduced class size and g to align curriculum with real world needs. During Jim’s tenure on the school board local voters past the first bond issue to raise money for repairs to school buildings in over 25 years. We reduced class size, and increased pay for class room teachers.
Jim has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2003, where has carved out a reputation of hard work and bipartisan cooperation. He has served on numerous committees and in various leadership positions pursuing solutions to the challenges faced by Kansans.
- Drafted new law giving local police increased tools to fight street gangs.
- Obtained money for KU School of Medicine herein Wichita, which lead to program expanding into a full 4 year medical school.
- Voted for a new comprehensive transportation plan that will create 175,000 new jobs in Kansas.
- Voted to increase the Homestead Exemption which reduced taxes for thousands of Kansans.
- Voted to increase the Earned Income Tax Credit which would have cut the taxes for working Kansans.
Jim has two children, Zachary (2o, Sophomore at KU) and Emily (19, Freshman at KU). Zachary is interested in politics, sports and girls. Emily is studying to prepare for a career in mental health.
Jim’s wife Karen, is a Court Service Officer with Juvenile Court assisting parents, grandparents and children involved in abuse and neglect cases. When not at work, Karen is an avid KU basketball fan and doting grandma.
The Wichita Eagle said … “Not only is his southeast Wichita district well-served by four-term Democrat Jim Ward, so is the entire region. That’s because of Ward’s rare understanding of the issues, strong advocacy on behalf of Wichita’s priorities, and breadth of experience ….”