Updated: Aug 24, 2021
TOPEKA – Sen. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican, announced the launch of her campaign to be Kansas state treasurer on Friday to a group of supporters at Ravenwood Lodge in Topeka.
According to a statement released over the weekend, Tyson told the audience that as state treasurer, she will fight to keep government accountable.
“Kansas needs a State Treasurer that will fight for your liberties by providing transparency and a watchdog on state spending and investments,” Tyson said. “We need a State Treasurer that will put Kansas First – that is exactly what I am going to do.”
Tyson, who serves as chair of the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, touted her record of service in the Legislature. “As a legislator, I work diligently to represent you and my record proves it.”
Along with her husband Tim, she has a cattle operation in rural Parker and is a software engineer who’s credits include working on a support team for the NASA space shuttle program. She earned math and computer science degrees from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in engineering management from Kansas University.
Tyson, 58, was first elected to the state House of Representatives to serve District 4, which included Linn County. In 2012 she was elected to her first term in the state Senate representing District 12 – which also includes Linn County – and has served there for two terms. She was reelected to that post for a third term last November.
She also ran to serve as the 2nd District U.S. House of Representative seat in 2018 in a crowded field of Republican candidates. She lost in a close primary to the eventual winner Steve Watkins.
She faces a competitive field in the race for state treasurer as well. Two other Republicans, state Rep. Steven Johnson of Assaria, Kan., and Michael Austin, a former economic adviser to Gov. Sam Brownback, have filed for the post.
The winner of the primary will likely go on to the face the current State Treasurer Lynn Rogers, a Democrat from Wichita. Rogers, the former lieutenant governor, was appointed to the post last December by Gov. Laura Kelly to replace Jake LaTurner, who won the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A proponent of small government and reduced spending, Tyson told the group attending her event that she would work to keep government accountable.
State Rep. Ken Corbet, a Topeka Republican, was one of two legislators who endorsed Tyson at the event. He said that Tyson “is actually trying to fight for you and put more money in your pocket.”
“She’s one of those kind of people who doesn’t care who gets the pat on the back, just as long as the truck gets loaded and you save money. She knows how to fight and is a true conservative that will fight for you.”