I've had a great ride over the last 10 years while serving in the Kansas House of Representatives. Running for office has been an amazing experience with many, many positive memories and so many people who have had a positive impact on my life and family. I want to thank everyone who supported me and wish all of the new elected officials the best of luck as they face the challenges ahead.
Rep. Burgess Accepts NASCIO Award for Open Government on behalf of the State of Kansas.
Topeka, Kan. – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced Wednesday that the Kansas Legislative Information Systems and Services (KLISS) system has been nominated as one of three finalists in the Open Government category of the 2012 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. The winner will be announced in San Diego, California on October 23rd during NASCIO’s annual conference.
I enjoyed going to the Sunrise Optimist Club earlier this week to hear about the experiences of some of the 2012 Boys and Girls State delegates.
It was my honor to congratulate Ryan Kelly for his nomination and participation in Boys State this year.
If you are not familiar with it, the American Legion Boys State and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are educational programs for youth after their junior year of high school. During the week-long program each participant becomes a part of the operation of their local, county and state government. They run for and serve in city, county and statewide office that serve as a model of the real governments. They are challenged to deal with real issues and have to come up with their own solutions.
Both my wife and I were fortunate enough to be delegates and have always been very supportive of this great program. During my time in the legislature, I have sponsored 23 delegates to Boys State and Girls State.
I also encourage all of the delegates to come shadow me for a day in the legislature to build on their experiences of serving in a mock state legislature.
Our future is in good hands with this very articulate group of delegates.
TOPEKA – Representative Mike Burgess (R-Topeka) was recognized for the fourth consecutive year for his perfect voting attendance. Official records of the Kansas House of Representatives show that Representative Burgess is one of 27 house members with a perfect voting attendance this year and the only member from the Shawnee County delegation who did not miss a single vote of the 396 cast by the full House.
This year's townhall meetings included stops in North Topeka, Silver Lake, Alma, Eskridge, Alta Vista and Topeka.