Rob Wasinger is a fourth-generation Kansan from Hays, who left the state to attend Harvard, and eventually work as Senator Sam Brownback’s Chief of Staff. Now, he’s come back to run for Congress in the 1st District. He and his wife, Meghan, have nine children, with another on the way.

Why he’s running:
“I think there’s a real need  bring economic development to the western part of the state,” Wasinger said. “Plus, Washington D.C. needs good, old-fashioned western common sense.”
Wasinger believes he has the experience to hit the ground running, if elected, given his work in Congress.
“We don’t have time for on the job training,” Wasinger said. “I worked for Brownback for five years.”

His priorities:
Wasinger said his main priorities are economic growth for western Kansas, job creation and helping to get federal spending under control while lowering taxes. He took specific aim at the Environmental Protection Agency.
“The EPA is out of control,” Wasinger said, citing rulings that have hurt the livestock industry and the cattle industry.
“Someone has to get these un-elected bureaucrats under control, and Congress can do that,” Wasinger said.