J.R. Claeys | Salina's Representative


Rep. Claeys created a Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems position in KDOT Aviation, and proposed a tax credit for engineers to support development of the industry in Salina.
Rep. Claeys is responsible for a Kansas Highway Patrol recruitment and retention plan that resulted in one of the largest recruiting classes in history at the KHP Training Academy in Salina.
Rep. Claeys led the effort to reform government programs by rooting out waste while looking for more efficient delivery of the programs and services we expect from our state.
NFIB/Kansas: Rep. Claeys 100% Behind Kansas Small Businesses

Dan Murray, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said today that Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) achieved a 100 percent voting record in the 2013-14 legislative sessions.

"Small business is the engine that drives Kansas’ economy," Murray said. "By supporting small business, Rep. Claeys is supporting working families and the community."

NFIB is Kansas’ largest small-business association with over 4,000 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state’s economy.

"Rep. Claeys has stood up for Kansas’ employers and job creators time and time again on important issues such as tax reform and unemployment insurance," he said. "Our members truly appreciate the efforts of Rep. Claeys to help grow our state’s economy and create jobs.”

To achieve a 100 percent NFIB/Kansas voting record, Claeys voted in support of small business on issues such as:

  • Changing the process for nominating people who hear appeals related to workers’ compensation and unemployment claims; the new nominating committee includes a representative from NFIB/Kansas.
  • Allowing small businesses to band together to buy health insurance through self-funded health plans, thereby reducing the cost of coverage for small-business owners and their employees.
  • Opposing a plan to increase the cap on non-economic damages in civil cases.
  • Supporting legislation that would have improved standards for evidence and “expert” witnesses.
  • Making it easier for employers to withhold a portion of a workers’ pay to recover overpayment or the cost of lost or unreturned equipment.
  • Prohibited public-sector employee unions from using members’ dues on political activities.
  • Property-tax transparency.
  • Preventing local governments from mandating minimum wages or benefits that are greater than the benefits required under state or federal law.
  • Improving Kansas’ unemployment insurance program.
  • Protecting property owners from liability in the event someone injures themselves while trespassing.

"Small businesses are driving job growth in Kansas," said Claeys. "Our policies at the state level need to encourage and support that growth so every Kansan has the opportunity to provide for their family."

Claeys is a fifth-generation Kansan, born and raised in Salina. He is a graduate of Salina Catholic Schools and Kansas State University.

Claeys first won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. He serves on the Federal & State Affairs Committee, the Commerce, Labor & Economic Development Committee and the powerful House Taxation Committee.

Paid for by Kansans for Claeys, Mark Hassman, Treasurer