Rep. Valdenia Winn has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2001. She represents the 34th House District, which includes northeastern portions of Wyandotte County.
Rep. Winn has worked as a history professor for 36 years at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She serves on the Kansas City Kansas Downtown Shareholders Board, the Strugglers Hill/Roots Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Cooperative Council. She also sponsors an after-school computer learning lab for K-12 students. She and her husband, Keith Vincent Persley, reside in Kansas City.
As a state representative, Rep. Winn has demonstrated commitment to working families, Kansas schoolchildren and small businesses. She believes lawmakers have a responsibility to increase the state minimum wage to equal federal law. She has also been highly focused on expanding opportunities for schoolchildren and will continue to support sufficient financing of Kansas public schools. Additionally, Rep. Winn helped bring STARBONDS funding for economic development projects in Wyandotte County. She serves on the House Education Committee, the House Health and Human Services Committee, the Joint Committee on Economic Development, and is the Ranking Democrat on the House Education Budget Committee. Rep. Winn also serves on the Joint Committee on Legislative Educational Planning