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Ron Estes
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
Assumed office
April 25, 2017
Preceded by Mike Pompeo
39th Treasurer of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 – April 25, 2017
Governor Sam Brownback
Preceded by Dennis McKinney
Succeeded by Jake LaTurner
Treasurer of Sedgwick County
In office
Preceded by Jan Kennedy
Succeeded by Linda Kizzire
Personal details
Ronald Gene Estes

(1956-07-19) July 19, 1956 (age 67)
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Estes
Children 3
Education Tennessee Technological
University (BS, MBA)

Ronald Gene Estes (/ˈɛstɪs/ EST-iss; born July 19, 1956) is an American politician, engineer, and farmer who has been the U.S. representative for KS's 4th congressional district since April 2017. A member of the Republican Party, he served as Kansas State Treasurer from 2011 to 2017.

A fifth-generation Kansan, Estes studied engineering and business at Tennessee Technological University. He began his career as a consultant and executive in various manufacturing and service industries. Estes was elected treasurer of Sedgwick County in 2004 and reelected in 2008. He was elected Kansas State Treasurer in 2010 and reelected in 2014. After U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo resigned to become Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Estes won the special election for the seat and was sworn in on April 25, 2017. He is the dean of Kansas's House delegation.

Early life and education

Estes was born in Topeka, Kansas, and is a fifth-generation Kansan. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University, where he was selected for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa - The National Leadership Honor Society.



Estes worked in consulting and management roles in the aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, and several other manufacturing and service industries, working for several companies, including Andersen Consulting, Procter & Gamble, Koch Industries, and Bombardier Learjet.

County treasurer

Estes was elected treasurer of Sedgwick County, Kansas, home to Wichita, in 2004, and reelected in 2008. During his political career, he also served as treasurer for the Kansas County Treasurer's Association, and in several posts in the Republican Party, including vice chair of the Kansas Republican Party.

Kansas State Treasurer

Estes ran for Kansas State Treasurer in 2010 against incumbent Democrat Dennis McKinney. Estes was the first statewide elected official from Wichita in two decades. He was reelected in 2014, defeating Carmen Alldritt.

As state treasurer, Estes managed more than $24 billion in public money and he came in under budget by over $600,000. He made it a priority to tell Kansans about unclaimed money, such as funds from forgotten bank accounts. In 2016, Estes said his office had returned $100 million in unclaimed property since 2010.

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Estes endorsed Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination in February, before Kansas's presidential caucuses. Estes served in the Electoral College and cast his electoral vote for Donald Trump.

U.S. House of Representatives


2017 special election

Mike Pompeo, who represented Kansas's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, resigned on January 23, 2017, to become Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. On February 9, Estes won the Republican nomination to run in the special election to determine Pompeo's successor. Estes won with 66 of 126 votes in a special nominating convention held at Friends University.

The Democratic nominee in the special election was James Thompson, a Wichita lawyer and veteran. Estes was endorsed by many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Governor Sam Brownback. He was also endorsed by the editorial board of The Wichita Eagle.

..... According to April 10, 2017, fundraising reports, Estes had raised $459,000 to Thompson's $292,000.

Estes won the special election on April 11, 2017, 52.2% to 46%.

2018 regular election

In the 2018 election, Estes was challenged in the primary by a candidate with a similar name, Ron M. Estes. This led to a conundrum as to how the candidates should be distinguished on the ballot, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach deciding that Ron G. Estes could include the prefix "Rep." on the ballot according to Kansas law, although Ron M. Estes complained that this was unfair. The incumbent won with 81.4% of the vote. In the general election, Estes defeated James Thompson in a rematch with 59.4% of the vote.


Estes was sworn into office on April 25, 2017.

In December 2017, Estes voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In an op-ed for the Wichita Eagle, he said he was "confident it will make a real difference for families and businesses in Kansas", that it would provide economic and job growth, and that workers would see larger paychecks. Estes says the tax-filing process had been simplified, even though the process remains the same.

In July 2017, Estes received national attention for interrupting Representative Kathleen Rice mid-sentence while she asked a question at a Homeland Security subcommittee hearing. Rice tweeted "Day in the life. Worth noting there are men from both parties who don't act like this" and included a video of the exchange. Estes explained that he was simply trying to follow committee rules after Rice's time was up.

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • Congressional Western Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee

Political positions

Economic issues

Estes supports a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and reducing corporate and some personal income tax rates.

Health care

During the 2017 special election campaign, Estes said that he believes that the American Health Care Act of 2017 did not go far enough to uproot and eliminate the Affordable Care Act, seeking complete repeal.

Texas v. Pennsylvania

In December 2020, Estes was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.

Personal life

Ron and his wife, Susan, have three children. His family operates a farm in Osage County, Kansas. Susan Estes is a member of the Kansas House of Representatives.

Electoral history

Kansas Treasurer election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes 481,704 58.5
Democratic Dennis McKinney (inc.) 341,324 41.4
Kansas Treasurer election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes (inc.) 570,110 67.5
Democratic Carmen Alldritt 274,257 32.4
Republican Convention
Candidate First Ballot Pct. Second Ballot Pct.
Estes, RonRon Estes 58 46% 66 52%
Alan Cobb 28 22% 43 34%
Tiahrt, ToddTodd Tiahrt 20 16% 17 14%
Joseph Ashby 10 8% Eliminated
George Bruce 10 8% Eliminated
Kansas's 4th congressional district special election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes 64,044 52.2%
Democratic James Thompson 56,435 46.1%
Libertarian Chris Rockhold 2,115 1.7%
Total votes 122,594 100.0%
2018 Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes (incumbent) 57,522 81.4
Republican Ron M. Estes 13,159 18.6
Total votes 70,681 100.0
Kansas' 4th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes (incumbent) 144,248 59.4
Democratic James Thompson 98,445 40.6
Total votes 242,693 100.0
Republican hold
2020 Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes (incumbent) 87,877 100.0
Total votes 87,877 100.0
Kansas's 4th congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Estes (incumbent) 203,432 63.7
Democratic Laura Lombard 116,166 36.3
Total votes 319,598 100.0
Republican hold

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