A native of Johnson County, Stephanie Clayton has spent the majority of her life in the area. As a product of the local public school system, she put herself through college at Emporia State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Following graduation, Stephanie and her husband, Ben, returned to Johnson County, and have lived in their Overland Park home since 2005.
At the legislature, Stephanie is a fierce advocate for government transparency and accountability. She is the chief sponsor of a bill that would require legislative proceedings to be broadcasted to the public, so the people of Kansas can see their government in action. She also sponsored legislation to allow law enforcement authorities on both sides of state line to assist each other in emergency situations, thereby improving public safety. Stephanie is a strong supporter of education, and fought to stop the defunding of the Parents as Teachers program, which is critical to early childhood education in Kansas. She is also an advocate for the Children’s Initiatives Fund, which promotes the health and welfare of Kansas kids. Finally, Stephanie is a passionate promoter of Kansas businesses, and supported the Kansas Angel Investors Tax Credit, which helps connect Kansas startups with investors and capital.
Stephanie has always believed that local government plays a more important role in our day-to-day lives than national politics, and is involved in a number of community and political organizations, including serving as the Chair Emeritus of the Johnson Country Young Republicans, a past board member of the Kansas Young Republicans, and as a member of the Kansas Federation of Republican Women. She cites strong Kansas Republicans Dwight D. Eisenhower and Nancy Landon Kassebaum in her call to public service.
Stephanie and Ben have two children, Stella and Eli, and she is active in the community through her involvement in her homeowner’s association and the John Diemer Elementary School PTA. Stephanie is a member at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park.