Melanie Meier

LEAVENWORTH – After the federal court dramatically altered the boundaries of the 40th House District, Rep. Melanie Meier, D-Leavenworth, today announced that she is filing for election in the 41st House District. Meier previously represented much of what is now the 41st District, including Fort Leavenworth and the City of Leavenworth.

“As someone who has been connected to the Leavenworth area and veterans issues both personally and professionally for my entire life, it is very important to me to continue representing that constituency. Unfortunately, the court moved Ft. Leavenworth and the City of Leavenworth into another district. I chose to relocate so I can continue representing constituents I have represented for the last four years. I know their values and their needs and I feel I am the best candidate to represent them in the Legislature.”  

Meier and husband, Tom, have owned an 1860’s home just south of downtown Leavenworth for 12 years, which is where they are relocating.

“Tom and I have been working to restore our home in the City of Leavenworth for some time and are excited that it is in both the old 40th and new 41st District, allowing me the opportunity to continue serving the people of Leavenworth.  Although certainly the new district maps kicked our remodeling plans into high gear - Tom is excited for the chance to focus on this project.” 

Meier is the Ranking Democrat on the Committee on Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security in the Kansas House. Within the Kansas House, Meier is considered the expert on Veterans and Military affairs issues.  She also serves on the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee. A graduate of Leavenworth High School, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Kansas where she was a member of the Army ROTC and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Meier went on active duty in 1990 as an Army Air Defense Artillery Officer. She served in Fort Hood, Texas and Seoul, Korea. After eight years active duty, Meier joined the Reserves, and after a tour in Iraq in 2009, she joined the Kansas National Guard in 2010. Meier met her husband, Tom, at Fort Hood, and they reside in Leavenworth.

The 2012 election will take place on Nov. 6, 2012.  Kansans may now register to vote online at https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/.  A valid driver’s license or nondriver’s identification card is necessary to complete the online registration process.  You must re-register to vote if you have changed your address, your name or your party affiliation since the last election.

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