Kevin Yoder is a fifth-generation Kansan who grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Yoder, Kansas. He attended public school in Hutchinson, Kansas before attending college. Kevin received his degrees in Political Science and English from the University of Kansas, graduating in 1999 with Honors.
While at KU, he was active in campus leadership serving as KU Student Body President. He also served as president of both the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law society and the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was a member of the Order of Omega and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies. Kevin also served as President of the Kansas Union Memorial Corporation Board of Directors and as member of the KU Athletics Corporation Board of Directors.
Upon graduation, Kevin entered the University of Kansas School of Law in the fall of 1999. While at KU Law, he served an unprecedented two years as the Student Bar Association President and was also a member of the Board of Governors and the Honor Code Committee. Upon graduation, he received the “Class of 1949 Award” recognizing service and leadership. He received his Juris Doctor in the spring of 2002.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Kevin served as a State Representative in the Kansas Legislature, representing Leawood and Overland Park. During the state’s recent economic crisis, Kevin chaired the House Appropriations Committee where he led the effort to cut spending, balance the state budget and fight tax increases.
Kevin is active in several community organizations including the Overland Park Chamber, the Kansas City Kansas Chamber’s Congressional Forum, the Overland Park Rotary Club and the Johnson County Bar Association. Kevin has been elected twice to the Johnson County Bar Association Board of Directors and is currently an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City University of Kansas Alumni Association.
On January 5, 2011, Kevin was sworn in to serve his first term as part of the 112th Congress. He was honorably selected to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating federal spending. Since taking office, he has consistently focused on balancing the federal budget, reducing the national debt and supporting policies that stimulate private sector job growth.
Kevin lives in Overland Park with his wife, Brooke. In the greater metro area he is also blessed with his two sisters and three nieces and one nephew. His mother and father both continue to reside in Hutchinson along with his 100 year-old grandmother.