Representative Kevin Yoder is a 5th generation Kansan who grew up on a grain and livestock farm in rural Kansas near a town called Yoder. It was on the farm where Representative Yoder learned the true value of hard work and where he saw first-hand the ingenuity and prairie spirit that makes Kansas such a special place.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Yoder served as a State Representative in the Kansas Legislature, representing Leawood and Overland Park. During the state's recent economic crisis, Representative Yoder chaired the House Appropriations Committee where he led the effort to cut spending, balance the state budget and fight tax increases.
On January 5, 2011, Representative Yoder was sworn in to serve his first term as part of the 112th Congress. Representative Yoder has been selected to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating federal spending. He also serves on the Financial Services, Commerce, Justice and Science and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittees. Representative Yoder is focused on balancing the federal budget, reducing the national debt and supporting policies that help private sector job growth.