Dietrich to run for Kansas Senate

July 1, 2019

Contact: Brenda Dietrich, 785-221-3853,

Dietrich to run for Kansas Senate

Brenda Dietrich, a lifelong Republican and former superintendent of the Auburn-Washburn school district, today, announced she has filed to run for the Kansas Senate. She is seeking the 20th Senate District, which includes southwest Shawnee county as well as Eskridge and Harveyville in Wabaunsee county.

“I’ve spent decades as an educator helping mold the next generation, teaching them about personal responsibility and hard work, only to be disappointed that those values were lacking in our legislative process,” said Dietrich. “Having never dreamed of being involved in politics, I ran for the legislature to get our state back on track, renew faith in the process and trust in public servants.

Dietrich was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2016, representing the 52nd House district. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Education Committee as well as a member of the K-12 Education Budget, Veterans and Military, and Financial Institutions and Pensions Committees. She has also been active in Kansas STARBASE, Boy Scouts, Topeka South Rotary, United Way, Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, Visit Topeka and Leadership Kansas.

“Helping others has always been the most important part of public service for me. These days too many politicians get caught up in fighting each other rather than doing right by the people they represent. That’s not productive for our communities or our state and it is past time for that to change,” said Dietrich.

During her time in the Kansas House, Dietrich has championed funding for our local schools and Washburn University, lower sales tax on food, increased transparency in the legislative process, and tuition assistance for National Guard members.

Dietrich is an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. She and her husband Jerry have been married 39 years. They have one daughter. The Republican Primary Election is set for Tuesday, August 4, 2020.