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.
Rep. Claeys Appointed House Budget Committee Chairman

Salina, Kans. -- Representative J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) will serve as Chairman of the Kansas House of Representatives committee responsible for the budgets of the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas National Guard, all with a sizable presence in Salina and Saline County. Claeys was recently reelected in a landslide to his second term representing west Salina and northwest Saline County in the Kansas House of Representatives.

"I’m honored to represent several Salina institutions in the state budget process," said Claeys. "Salina is home to the KHP, the Army National Guard and a KDOT District Headquarters, and the region is home to an Air National Guard Range as well as two interstate highways critical to our state’s infrastructure."

Claeys was appointed today by Speaker of the House Ray Merrick (R-Stillwell) as Chairman of the Transportation and Public Safety Budget Committee. He will also serve on the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee and the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee.

Salina is home to the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy and is the Troop C Headquarters for KHP. The region is also host to the 2nd Battalion of the Kansas Army National Guard, the Kansas Regional Training Institute, the Great Plains Joint Training Center, Crisis City, and the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range. Saline County is the intersection of Interstates I-70 and I-135 and home of the Salina Airport Industrial Center and the KDOT District 2 Headquarters, which serves 16 counties in North Central Kansas.

Claeys is a native of Salina and a graduate of Kansas State University. He is the son of Joe and Judy Claeys of Salina.

Paid for by Kansans for Claeys, Mark Hassman, Treasurer