Kevin Yoder is a fifth-generation Kansan who grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Yoder, Kansas. He attended public schools in Hutchinson, Kansas before attending the University of Kansas where he received his degrees in Political Science and English, graduating with honors. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2002 and went on to practice law in Olathe, Kansas.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Kevin served as a State Representative in the Kansas Legislature for eight years, representing Leawood and Overland Park. Kevin 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, Kevin was sworn in to serve his first term as part of the 112th Congress. During his four years in Congress, he has served on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for allocating federal spending. Since taking office, he has consistently focused on balancing the federal budget, reducing the national debt and supporting policies that stimulate private sector job growth.
Instead of letting Washington change him, Congressman Yoder is trying to change the way Washington works by introducing bills to eliminate life-long Congressional pensions and even cut his own pay. In addition, he has worked tirelessly to keep Government eyes from your private emails by introducing and sponsoring the Email Privacy Act.
Kevin has received several accolades and awards during his time in office. He has been awarded the 2012 Head Start Kansas State Children’s Champion award for his commitment to early childhood education, a “Guardian of Small Business” Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” award. He was also recognized by Consensus, a local organization promoting civility in public affairs, as a recipient of the 2012 Consensus Civility Award along with U.S Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). Learn more about Kevin's awards here.
Kevin has been a passionate advocate for Americans with Down syndrome and other disabilities, and was awarded the Champion of Change Award from the National Down Syndrome Society.
Kevin is also a strong advocate for Kansas farmers and has been recognized as a Friend of the Farm Bureau and the National Association of Wheat Growers has awarded him the Friend of Wheat award.
Kevin lives in Overland Park with his wife Brooke and daughter Caroline. They are members of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. His mother and father both continue to reside in Hutchinson along with his 103-year-old grandmother, Edna Yoder.