During her career, Brenda has been a teacher, building administrator and Superintendent. She retired in 2015 after 40 years in public education. The last 14 years of her career were spent as the Superintendent of the Auburn-Washburn School District in Topeka, Kansas, where she was honored as Kansas Superintendent of the year in 2007. During her career, Brenda has been actively involved in the community
In 2020, Brenda was elected to the Kansas Senate to serve the 20th District. Her previous House District sits almost entirely within the new Senate District. Brenda will serve on 5 Senate Committees….Education, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Transportation, and Federal and State Affairs. She will also Chair the Joint Committee on Special Claims Against the State, and serve on the Joint Committee on Pensions, Investments, and Benefits.
Brenda has previously served in the Kansas House for 2 terms. She was first elected in 2016 to represent the 52nd House District and she was re-elected again in 2018, where she was appointed Vice-Chair of Education, and served on several House committees over the past 4 years…. K-12 Education Budget, Financial Institutions and Pensions, Veterans, General Government Budget, Children and Seniors and is still Vice-Chair of the legislative Task Force on Dyslexia.
Brenda has been married to Jerry for 40 years and they have a daughter, Lauren, who graduated from Washburn Rural in 2004 and Kansas State University in 2009.