Carolyn McGinn

Senate Legislative Leadership

Current Assignments and Leadership Roles:

Chair Local Government Committee

Vice Chair Ethics and Transparency Committee

Member Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Member Ways and Means Committee

Chair Human Services Subcommittee

Vice Chair Joint Committee on State Building Construction

Member Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations

Member Claims Against the State

Former Assignments and Leadership Roles:

Vice Chair Special Committee on Kansas Mental Health Modernization and Reform, 2020-2021

Co-Chair Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, 2018

Chair Rail Caucus, 2021

Chair Rural Caucus, 2014

Member Ways and Means Committee, 2005-2012, 2016-2022; Chair 2011-2012, 2016-2020; Vice Chair 2011-2012

Chair Natural Resources Committee, 2005-2011

Member Utilities Committee, 2009-2011

Member Local Government Committee, 2009-2010

Member Judiciary Committee, 2013-2016

current and former National Appointments

President CSG Midwestern Legislative Conference, 2022

Board of Directors State Agriculture and Rural Leadership, 2015 to present

President Energy Council, 2016 to present

Chair Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, 2022 to present

boards of Directors &
advisory Committees:

Business Community Involvement

Board Member Newton Regional Hospital, 2007 to present

Board Member The Kansas African American Museum, 2017 to present

Member of several Sedgwick and Harvey County Chambers of Commerce, 1999-Present

Newton Rotary


Asbury Park Retirement Community of Newton Board of Trustees, 2012

The Kansas African American Museum Board, 2003-2008, President 2008-2012

YWCA Domestic Crisis Center of Sedgwick County Board, 2007-2012

Kansas Learning Center for Health, 2005-2011

Lower Arkansas Basin Advisory Committee, 2004-2011

Kansas Geological Survey Advisory Committee, Past Vice President

Sand Extraction and Development Study in Intensive Groundwater Areas Task Force, Chair 2004-2006

Kansas Association of Counties Board Member, 2003-2004

Greater Wichita Convention and Visitors' Bureau, 2002-2004

Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, 2001-2004

Old Cow Town Museum Board Member & Past President, 1998-2004

Kansas Farm Bureau State Committee Member, Natural Resources, 1995-1998

Sedgwick County Farm Bureau, Past President, 1995-1998

Andale Farmers' Co-op Board, 1993-1998

Carolyn McGinn is a 4th generation resident of the 31st District. She graduated from Valley Center High School and achieved a business degree from Wichita State University before earning a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from Friends University.

Carolyn lives with her husband Mark on a family farm outside the town of Sedgwick where they raised two sons. After Mark retired from his 32 year career as an Engineer at Cessna, he and Carolyn have diversified their traditional grain operation by adding a grape vineyard and a hoop house for raising greens. This year they have added chickens and Katahdin sheep and hope to continue expanding into food production for fresh markets.

Carolyn first became active in local politics through grassroots landowners' rights advocacy and Sedgwick Public Schools, where her children attended. She ran for and won a seat on the Sedgwick County Commission in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002. She was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004.

As an elected representative, at both the County and State levels, Carolyn has strived to balance rural and urban needs. She has also advocated for transparency in budgeting and campaign finance. She is opposed to tax policy that pushes unfunded mandates down on local property owners and is very concerned that small business owners and seniors on fixed incomes will have to bear the brunt of reckless tax and budget decisions by state and federal officials.

the 31st District Notes from the Legislature


Kansas State Senator
Co-Owner Family Grain Production Farm and Agritourism

Past Employment
Sedgwick County Commissioner, 1998-2004
Sedgwick Public Schools, Jr. High Coach and Substitute teacher, 1995-1998
Crop Insurance Adjuster, Farm Bureau Insurance, 1995-1998

Friends University – Wichita, KS
Master of Science in Environmental Studies, 1998

Wichita State University, Barton School of Business – Wichita, KS
Bachelor of Business Administration, 1983 Degree in Marketing

Valley Center High School – Valley Center, KS, 1977

awards & Recognition

Kansas Mental Health Coalition - Leadership and Collaboration - 2018

Intergovernmental Leadership Award - League of Kansas Municipalities - 2016

Champion for the Cure - 2012

Legislative Champion for Community Mental Health - 2017

Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals - Policy Maker of the Year - 2019

KWF Conservation Legislator of the Year - 2011

Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, Public Official of the Year -2008

Recipient of Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship - 2010

Kansas Association of Homes and Service to the Aging, Chairs Citation - 2010

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Award for Legislative Excellence - 2011

Sedgwick Commission Award for Service to South Central Kansas as Chair of the South Central Kansas Legislative Delegation – 2008

Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award – 2006

The National Council of Negro Women, Leadership & Outreach Legacy Award – 2004

H.O.P.E. Inc., Outstanding Support of H.O.P.E. Inc. – June 15, 2004

Kansas Farm Bureau Natural Resources Award – 1995, 1996, 1997

United Teachers of Wichita Friend of Education – 2011

National Alliance on Mental Illness Kansas Legislative Excellence Award – 2011

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