By SCOTT AUST
GARDEN CITY — U.S. Representative Ron Estes spent part of Tuesday afternoon in Garden City, visiting with local officials and learning more about the community’s needs.
The Fourth District Congressman toured the East Highway 50 industrial corridor and then met with a small group representing economic development, the City of Garden City and Garden City Community College on the college campus.
Rep. Estes learned about the GCCC STEM Central project that will include new programs in Cybersecurity, Robotics and Crop Production; listened to the City of Garden City talk about its water re-use program and Regional Airport terminal improvement project; and heard more about the I-27/Highway 83 initiative, a concept that envisions building a four-lane divided highway linking Interstate 40 and Interstate 70 along Hwy 83.
Rep. Estes took office in April 2017. Prior to becoming an elected official, he grew up on his family farm in Kansas and went on to earn a degree in civil engineering and a graduate degree in business administration. Estes began his career in consulting and management roles for industries including aerospace, energy, and manufacturing.
Following his private sector career, Rep. Estes served his fellow Kansans as Sedgwick County (Kansas) Treasurer and then Kansas State Treasurer. As the only former state treasurer serving in the House and a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, Rep. Estes remains a champion of lower taxes, free and fair trade, and affordable health care.
Ron and his wife, Susan, have three children and reside in Wichita.