MANHATTAN– Pledging to continue to provide a moderate and hard working voice for the citizens of Manhattan/Ogden and Riley County, Rep. Tom Hawk announced today that he will run for a fourth term in the Kansas House of Representatives. Hawk has represented the 67th District for three terms and was first elected in 2004.
Hawk stressed his desire to provide a collaborative, bipartisan approach to the serious issues facing our state. “These are difficult times that call for cooperation and innovation,” Hawk said. “I have learned a great deal in my first three terms about the process of state government and the important issues facing our citizens and businesses. Foremost is forming cooperative, working relationships with House members of both parties in order to get things done for Manhattan and our state.”
Hawk has maintained an impressive record of accomplishment on behalf of District 67. He sponsored HB 2445 (A Balanced Community-Military Encroachment Communication Bill) signed into law in April, which will benefit men and women serving at Fort Riley. He also sponsored HB 2160, which assists victims of natural disasters, such as the 2008 tornado that hit Manhattan. Finally, Hawk oversaw the passage of HB 2698, which allows Ogden to complete their waste water treatment facility by having an easement over state land.
Gov. Mark Parkinson strongly endorsed Hawk’s re-election bid.
“In these challenging times, Kansans deserve more than partisan gridlock and empty rhetoric,” said Parkinson. “They deserve a representative that will come to the table and find solutions to the problems of everyday Kansans, and the people of District 67 have that in Tom Hawk. He works across the aisle to protect the quality of Kansas schools, the safety of our communities and the commitment to our elderly and disabled.”
Hawk, a resident of Manhattan for the past 46 years, is a graduate of Kansas State University with a B.S. in math education, an M.S. in counseling and a Ph.D. in educational administration. Hawk served for 33 years as a teacher, counselor, curriculum director, and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Finance. He retired as Superintendent of the Manhattan-Ogden Schools.
In the Kansas House, Hawk currently serves as the ranking member of the House Vision 2020 Committee. He is also a member of the House Committees on Taxation, and Social Services Budget. The 67th House District covers portions of Manhattan and Fort Riley.
The 2010 election will take place on November 2, 2010. To learn more about Hawk, visit http://www.tomhawk.com/.
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