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DNC Kansas Superdelegates

02/28/2008 03:37 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

HuffPost's OffTheBus members produced these superdelegate profiles as part of its Superdelegate Investigation. You can find all profiles here.

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Lawrence Gates

Chair, Kansas Democratic Party

Kansas

Basic Bio

*Gates graduated from the University of Kansas
*Gates is a resident of Overland Park, Kansas.
*Gates founded the law firm Gates, Biles, Shields & Ryan, P.A. in 1980 and is active in the real estate business."

Personal political interests and issues

*Besides his work for the Democrats, Gates has raised funds for disaster relief and serves as a Governance Boardmember for the nonprofit Community Living Opportunities, Inc. whose mission it is to mission is to help people with severe disabilities.

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E. Lee Kinch
State Party Executive Board
Kansas

Basic Bio
* Attorney in solo practice, personal injury, medical malpractice, workers compensation in Wichita KS http://pview.findlaw.com/view/2348823_1?noconfirm=0
* Lives in Derby KS http://www.ksdp.org/node/500
* Wichita State University Alumni Association
* Wichita Better Business Bureau all from http://www.governor.ks.gov/news/NewsRelease/2004/nr-04-0812b.htm

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Kansas Democratic Party Executive Board (photo) (http://www.ksdp.org/node/500)
* Supported Howard Dean for DNC Chair (http://www.mydd.com/story/2005/2/4/113452/8253)
* Frequently quoted as Democrat in Kansas Papers:
o "That's a big issue," said Lee Kinch, a Derby attorney who represents Kansas on the Democratic National Committee. "It's hard to understand why the Bush administration would give a contract to Airbus." (http://www.hutchnews.com/Todaystop/plane)
o "He certainly is the person who I believe deserves the appointment," said Lee Kinch, a Wichita-area attorney who serves on the Democratic National Committee. (http://www.thekansan.com/stories/121807/topstories_20071218043.shtml)
* Kinch serves on the Democratic National Committee, representing the state of Kansas. Says this will not be the last we've heard of this scandal. Kinch believes, while some senators have already admitted to receiving campaign contributions, with Abramhoff agreeing to name names the fall out in Washington is bound to be big. "This conspiracy to bribe members of Congress is far reaching," claims Kinch. (http://www.ksn.com/news/local/3839521.html)
* Op Ed piece in Wichita Eagle (http://www.realcities.com/mld/kansas/news/editorial/18231474.htm)

Pledged Status
* Pledged to Obama (Washington Post http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008-presidential-candidates/delegates/d/states/ks/#Obama)
* Pledged immediately after Super Tuesday and Kansas caucuses http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/group/EmporiaStateUniversityStudentsForBarackO)
* ``I think he is the more compelling candidate. I think he has a special gift of being able to inspire people,'' Kinch said. ``He has a special appeal to young people.'' (http://www.hutchnews.com/Localregional/ad2008_01_31T22_27_43)

Contributions to Candidates
* 2004 Donated $500 to DNC
* $25 to Kerry for President (fundrace.huffingtonpost.com)
* 2006 Donated $100 to Marty Keenan for Kansas House of Representatives (http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:9-PQNbZ6JCcJ:www.kansas.gov/ethics/CFAScanned/ElecCycle2006/200607/H112MK_200607.pdf+%22Lee+Kinch%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=71&gl=us)

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* Wife Elizabeth Kinch Govenor Sebelius appointee (http://www.governor.ks.gov/news/NewsRelease/2005/nr-05-1014a.html)

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Appointed to Wichita State University Board of Trustees by Govenor Sebelius in 2003, reappointed in 2004 (http://www.governor.ks.gov/news/NewsRelease/2004/nr-04-0812b.htm)

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Helen Knetzer

Current President of the National Democratic Women's Federation, former head of the Kansas Democratic Women's Federation

Basic Bio
*Knetzer is 73.

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
*Knetzer was also quoted in a related article: "As sitting president, Knetzer said, she will remain uncommitted until after all primaries have been completed in June. Then she'll support whichever candidate most of the federation membership backs. "I'm getting letters from both sides," she said. http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/421132.html\
*From Larry Gates, of Topeka, chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party: "I will stay neutral until at least through the May 17 state party convention. I might reconsider my neutrality after that time. I'm very proud that Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton are the last two standing and certainly could support either one of them. But if it comes down to making a choice, I have to look at electability and who I think can help us win the day in the November election." From Helen Knetzer, of Wichita, chairwoman of the National Federation of Democratic Women: "At this time I do not intend to make my preference known. I intend to look at what and how the candidate brings people together to work on our country's problems and how he or she plans to let the world know that our country believes in justice and equality for all regardless of sex, race or wealth." http://www.cjonline.com/stories/021908/loc_248422840.shtml

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Teresa Garcia Krusor

Winfield, Kansas

Basic Bio
* Born in January 1955, Teresa Garcia Krusor grew up in Arkansas City.
* She lives in Winfield, Kansas.
* Her husband, Mark, is a Winfield attorney in private practice.

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Teresa Krusor was elected as the State Party Vice Chair in 2003 and reelected in 2005.
* She started out as a precinct committeeperson in Cowley County and was later elected Secretary, then Vice Chair and finally Chair.
* She served as Secretary for the 4th Congressional District and was later elected twice as the Vice Chair.
* Krusor served as the Secretary of the Kansas Democratic Party for eight years.
* She is helping lead the Hispanic outreach for the Party. http://www.ksdp.org/node/1210

Personal Political Interests And Issues
* Krusor is very active in Hispanic Issues. http://www.ksdp.org/node/1210
* Krusor, vice chair of the Kansas Democratic Party, said she thinks the Hispanic vote will make a difference in the coming elections, primarily because Hispanics are more aware of issues important to the community and are interested in being involved. "As I go to different Hispanic organizations and visit with them, they're wanting to be more involved in the political process than they ever have before," she said. "When I talk to candidates, they are very open to going to any Hispanic meetings." Hispanic leadership has also been growing in the political arena, Krusor said.
* She noted that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has included qualified Hispanics for key appointments.
* She said there is a Hispanic caucus within the Kansas Democratic party, and Hispanics have a voice through the caucus chairperson, who is on the party's Executive Committee. "Issues that are important to Hispanics of Kansas come before our meetings, so we're able to talk about them," Krusor said.
http://www.morningsun.net/stories/090404/loc_20040904002.shtm

Previous Campaign Work
* She supported Alvaro Cifuentes, Chair of the DNC's Hispanic Caucus, in his 2005 bid for Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). http://www.puertorico-herald.org/issues2/2005/vol09n05/BeatingOdds.html

Involvement In 2008 Election - Campaign Appearances, Statements
* She was "uncommitted" in December 2008 at the DNC fall session in Virginia. "I think this is a wonderful event. It gives all of the DNC members one last chance to hear the candidates when we are all together as a committee," Kansas Democratic Party Vice-Chair Teresa Krusor said. "It's very important for those who are not committed" like herself, she said, adding that "a lot of things can come up in the remaining months that may change a person's mind."Krusor, a party worker for 18 years, said her service is a way to contribute: "My choice is politics ... to get the right message out in our state and all across the country."
http://www.america.gov/st/elections08-english/2007/December/20071205152245mlenuhret0.3149378.html
* Teresa Krusor named "Truth Teller" by Clinton Campaign. The Clinton campaign announced on January 28th, 2008, the launch of the Rapid Responders, a national group of truth tellers who will respond to inaccurate or misleading attacks directed at Senator and President Clinton. The Rapid Responders will operate in all of the 22 states that will hold caucuses or primaries on February 5th. The Rapid Responders are made up of elected officials and community leaders who will track distortions of Hillary's record and answer quickly.
http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=5557
* Teresa Krusor of Winfield, vice chair of the state Democratic Party, endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president on January 31, 2008. Krusor made the endorsement in a telephone conference call with members of the Kansas press. "I'm really worried about where we've been these last eight years," Krusor said. "I'm very concerned about experience. Sen. Clinton has a plan for bringing our troops home from Iraq. She can jump right in and get the job done." http://www.commongroundcommonsense.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=83885

Political Contributions
* In past years, Teresa Krusor has contributed to the Kansas Democratic Party, to Carlos Nolla (for Congress, 2000, 2002), and to Dennis Moore (for Congress, 1998, 2004, 2006).
* Her husband Mark has contributed to Joe Biden (2005), to Carlos Nolla (for Congress, 2002), and to Dan Lykins (for Congress, 2002).
* Altogether, they have contributed approximately $3,735 in past elections.
* There are no known contributions for the 2008 primaries or election. http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/qind

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Randy Roy

Kansas


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Helped as a grassroots organizer and has since then expanded her roll on campaigns to include fundraising and event coordination.
* Roy has been active in Kansas Democratic politics since her father Bill Roy ran for Congress in 1972


Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* Father Bill Roy ran for Congress in 1972.


Previous Campaign Work and Experience
* Roy has been an integral part of the campaigns including Bill Roy for Congress, Marge Petty for Senate, Jim Slattery for Congress and Governor, Kathleen Sebelius for Governor, Dennis Moore for Congress and Laura Kelly for Senate. http://superdelegates.org/Randy_Roy
* Roy was elected National Committeewoman for the Kansas Democratic Party in 2004 and continues to be an active part in Kansas politics. http://superdelegates.org/Randy_Roy

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