While on his campaign trail through northwest Kansas, Republican candidate for Kansas governor, Ken Selzer, CPA, made a brief stop in Norton this past Friday to begin to get acquainted with members of our community. Selzer is one of seven Republican candidates presently vying to be the next governor of Kansas, and will be included on the ballot in the upcoming primary election, which will be held on August 7, 2018. Current Kansas Governor, Jeff Colyer, will also be running again for the seat in the November
A fourth generation Kansan, Selzer, age 64, was raised in McPherson and Marion Counties in central Kansas. Part of Selzer’s family homesteaded, in 1871, in Osborne County on the banks of Kill Creek. The family lived in a sod dugout for three years, with 9 of 11 children, while a stone house was being built further up the hill.
Following his graduation from high school, Selzer earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kansas State University, and went on to obtain his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Prior to being
elected to serve as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner in 2014, Selzer had worked in the reinsurance industry for more
than 30 years, most recently as an Executive Managing Director for a worldwide brokerage and insurance services firm. He
began serving as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner on January12, 2015, and continues to serve in that capacity today.
In the past three years, Selzer has placed his primary focus on the citizens of Kansas, ensuring the insurance department has operated as efficiently as possible. By functioning with a business-like attitude that people want to see in our broader Kansas government, Selzer has worked to improve productivity while lowering costs. Most recently, the Kansas Insurance Department was ranked second highest in the nation based on, among other things, exceptional customer responsiveness and transparency.
In addition to his credentials as a Certified Public Accountant, Selzer’s designations include Chartered Property and Casualty
Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), and Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI). He also presently serves on Kansas State University’s College of Business Advisory Council and Foundation Board of Trustees, and has been inducted into the Kansas State University Accounting Hall of Fame.
Outside of his duties as Kansas Insurance Commissioner, Selzer is active in various professional, community, and charitable
organizations. He’s served as President of the Leawood, Kan. Rotary Club, Chairman of the Kansas Society of CPAs Educational
Foundation, and President of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Heart of America Chapter. In addition, he is also an alumnus of Leadership Kansas.
Selzer has been married to his wife, Deb, for 37 years. Deb is a native of rural Miami County, Kan., and has a master’s degree
in Nursing. Ken and Deb have two grown daughters: Mallory, age 30, and Mackenzie, age 24. Mallory and her husband, Colin, are the proud parents of a seven month-old baby daughter - Ken and Deb’s first grandchild. Together, Ken and Deb provide scholarships for graduating high
school seniors in the Goessel Unified School District 411 in Marion County, and also support scholarship programs at Kansas
State University, as well as the Kansas Society of CPAs. The couple has developed, and continues to support, an innovative
teacher recognition program in the Blue Valley School District, and also supports teacher recognition and student scholarship
programs in other school districts in Kansas as well.
Having kicked off his campaign in August of 2017, Selzer says he entered the governor race because he believes his proven success in managing an important part of state government would allow him to effectively work better for Kansans
and ensure a brighter future for all. “I am running for governor because I know government can work better for Kansans,” he says. “I know how great the people of this state are, and it is my mission to encourage every Kansan to reach their potential.”
“My platform is very much one of leaning in on costs in Kansas government, and making sure that we are operating as efficiently as possible to make an appropriate investment for the future,” Selzer said. Part of that plan, he says, includes improving our Kansas economy. More than 40 percent of Kansas’ economy is stimulated by agriculture, and Selzer says Kansas will not grow and prosper without growth in the agriculture economy. A champion for agriculture, Selzer says the rural economy is a priority, and
he plans to help the agriculture economy find and develop new markets by working with the
federal government on trade issues.
Another of Selzer’s primary objectives is addressing the tremendous backlog of Medicaid applications, as well as the service issues facing Kansas’ social service agencies. He plans to work to eliminate needless government regulations, provide the best possible education and training, and protect Kansas conservative values while also safeguarding constitutional freedoms.
Last Thursday, Selzer made stops in Hoxie, Kan. and Junction City, Kan., and was interviewed by a Goodland, Kan. radio station on Friday morning. After a stop in Norton on Friday afternoon, he and State Organization Director, Josh Berg, proceeded along to visit Long Island, Kan. and Phillipsburg, Kan. Selzer will be traveling through southeast Kansas for a few weeks, and has plans to return to northwest Kansas again in the near future.