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.