Kansas Republican Ron Estes announced today that he will seek reelection to serve a second term as State Treasurer. First elected in 2010, Treasurer Estes was the first statewide elected official from the city of Wichita in more than 20 years and has spent his first term successfully advocating responsible fiscal policy for Kansas.
“I am honored to serve the citizens of this great state and am proud of the accomplishments the State Treasurer’s Office has achieved throughout the last three years,” Estes stated. “During my term I’ve remained committed to streamlining the process of returning unclaimed property, strengthening the Learning Quest higher education savings program, and identifying common sense solutions for Kansas taxpayers. If the people of Kansas entrust me to a second term, I will continue to uphold these policies.”
During his first term, Estes has been seen as a “fiscal hawk” bringing a more conservative management style to the State Treasurer’s Office. Estes has been an advocate for keeping the state’s promise through sound KPERS pension reform. He has continued to ensure that all school district and county payments are being made on-time. Also in his first term, Estes traveled to all 105 counties to return more than $45 million in unclaimed property to Kansans. Estes has also worked to expand low-fee options for investors in the Kansas Learning Quest 529 Program.
Estes was instrumental in making Kansas the first state in America to successfully claim $861,000 in unclaimed U.S. savings bonds owned by Kansans through a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Treasury. In 2011 he worked with members of the Kansas Legislature implementing a Public Service Announcement Blackout Initiative to ensure Kansas tax dollars are not used for political gain.
Chairman of the Republican Party, Kelly Arnold, said of Estes, “Ron’s efforts as State Treasurer have been nothing but consistent. He continues to be a strong advocate for all Kansas taxpayers and routinely seeks out opportunities for improved efficiencies and sound fiscal management. His more than 21 years of management and consulting experience along with his proven track record of results, make him the best man for the job.”
As State Treasurer, Estes oversees an office that currently handles over $20 billion of state funds and an annual operating budget of $3.5 million. Key programs in the office are Bonds Services, Cash Management, Unclaimed Property, the Ag Loan and Housing Loan Deposit Programs and the Kansas 529 Education Savings Program.Estes is the 39th state treasurer for the state of Kansas. He was elected by his peers to serve as the Midwest Regional Vice President for the National Association of State Treasurers 2012-2013, and now serves on the College Savings Plans Network Executive Board. Ron has also served as Sedgwick County Treasurer and as the treasurer for the Kansas County Treasurers’ Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Technical University. Born in Topeka, Estes is a fifth-generation Kansan. His family continues to run a farm in Osage County. He and his wife, Susan, have three children.