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My home for 33 years has been in and around the 51st District, having lived in Manhattan, St George, Topeka, Wamego,
and rural Wabaunsee County. I was born and raised in Brewster, Kansas, and am a fourth generation Kansan. Linda
(Mayer) from Marysville and I have been married 49 years. We are blessed to have a daughter, son, daughter-in-law, two
grandsons and a granddaughter. My degrees are BS, DVM, and PhD, all from Kansas State University. Upon retirement
from Bayer, we moved from Overland Park back to the Wamego area and enjoy rural life in Wabaunsee County living
along the Kansas River.
|Paid for by Ron Highland for the House, Linda Highland, Treasurer
In my military service, I first attended Army Officer
Candidate School and served in the Infantry as a
Platoon Leader in Korea. While stationed there, I
was wounded during the Pueblo Naval Ship crisis.
In a second enlistment as a Captain in the Army
Veterinary Corps, I served as the Post Veterinarian,
stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. During my service
time, I was also stationed at Ft Benning, Ft Leonard
Wood, Ft Ord, and Ft Riley.
My lifelong career in agriculture first began as a
young man working on the farm. After graduation
from Kansas State University in Veterinary
Medicine, I went into private practice, principally with
large animals, and then returned to KSU Veterinary
College to teach while earning my PhD in
Ron Highland serves, or has served,
on the following committees:
Vice Chair of Federal and State
Vice Chair of Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules and Regulations
Chairman of Education
Energy and Environment
In my career in Research and Development at Bayer Animal Health I
designed and led research studies for new animal drugs. During
that time I brought Baytril®, a drug well known for the treatment of
cattle, onto the market, as well as, led other international studies.
My service organizations and memberships have included Sertoma,
Rotary, VFW, Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Lutherans for
Life, and Kansans for Life. I am a member at Mt Calvary Lutheran
Church, LCMS, where I have served as an elder and Bible study
leader. I am a Republican Precinct Committeeman, Delegate to the
Kansas Republican Party, and served as Chairman of the
Wabaunsee County Republican Party for six years.
During my six years in the House of Representatives, I have served
as Chairman of the Education Committee, the Joint Administrative
Rules and Regulations Committee, and the 2015 Joint K-12
Student Success Interim Study Committee. As Vice Chairman, I
served on the Federal and State Affairs Committee, the Joint
Administrative Rules and Regulations Committee, and the 2015 All
Day Kindergarten Committee. I have also served as a member on
the Agriculture, Appropriations, Education Budget, Energy and
Environment, Tax, and Transportation Committees.
I feel called back into the service of my country out of concern for our
Representative Republic and the sovereignty of Kansas. The oath I
swore three times committed me to uphold the United States and
Kansas Constitutions. This is an oath that I take very seriously, and
the responsibility of representing District 51 in the Kansas House of
Representatives is a year-round commitment. I respect and
appreciate the people of my District and I consider it an honor and
privilege to serve..