http://www.kshousedems.com/files/images/community-leader-announces-candidacy-in-2010-election/LR%201.JPGLAWRENCE – In an effort to provide stronger representation for western Lawrence in the Statehouse amid a severe budget shortfall, Linda Robinson today announced her candidacy for election to the Kansas House of Representatives. The 45th House District covers western Lawrence and Lecompton. 

“Public schools are being hit hard by the state budget crisis,” said Robinson.  “Our community needs a leader in Topeka who will be a stronger advocate for public education and do more to protect our district from devastating cuts.  I don’t want to just save our public schools, I want to invest in our future.”

Robinson is a third generation Kansan and has been active in the Lawrence community for over 30 years. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling.  She worked as a junior high school teacher but has spent the majority of her career in higher education.  Currently, Robinson works in the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas.  She has also served as the University’s Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator of New Student Orientation Programs and the Director of the Wheat State Whirlwind Tour.

 “Whether in her capacity as Director of Admissions at the University or during her extended service on the Lawrence School Board, Linda has demonstrated her strong commitment to quality public education,” said David Ambler, Vice Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Kansas.  “She has the interests and skills to be an effective leader in the House of Representatives and I am enthusiastic in my endorsement of her candidacy."

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Robinson is a longtime community leader.  She served for eight years on the Board of Education in Lawrence, and presided as president of the board for one year. Currently she serves on the Governor's P-20 Education Council, the KU Advocates Corps, the KU School of Education Advisory Board, the US Bank Board of Directors and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Additionally, she is a Paul Harris Fellow at the Lawrence Rotary Club and is a member of the KU Alumni Association.

"Linda Robinson is a proven leader whose actions reflect her words,” said Randy Weseman, retired superintendent for Lawrence Public Schools. “Over the past two decades Linda has served our community with integrity and dedication. Her many years of service as the founding director of the school business partnership and two-term school board member have prepared her to fight and advocate for the issues relevant to a prosperous and vibrant Lawrence."

Robinson has been married to her husband, Scott, for 25 years.  They have two children, Bret and Erin, who both graduated from Free State High School.  Bret is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where Erin is currently a student.

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