Welcome! I currently represent District 39 in the Kansas House of Representatives. District 39 is located in Shawnee and Lake Quivira, Kansas.
Taking Action to Help Kansans
In the 2021-22 Kansas legislative session, I've been working to help Kansas individuals, families and businesses emerge from the pandemic with strength and resolve. Already, we've accomplished some improvements:
• I have led the effort to eliminate the waiting list for services for more than 5,000 Kansans with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.
• We are extending programs that help the economic development and future growth of our state.
• We have addressed laws that help prevent convicted criminals get away with crime or be released too soon.
• We have taken action on bills requested by the Department of Agriculture to help farmers.
• We are working to restore educational progress among students affected by pandemic shutdowns.
Legislative Priorities - From Owen's Desk
As many of you know, the Kansas legislative session addressed a number of important issues for families and individuals in the Shawnee & Lake Quivira areas. Since then, I have been highlighting the most pressing needs that need priority attention in the next legislative session. As your representative in western Shawnee/Lake Quivira, I’m prepared to lead the effort to address these unmet needs and remain a good steward of taxpayers’ money.
Specifically, I will continue to work to address these key priorities:
• Avoid tax increases - I have always been a Champion of the Taxpayer and have demanded accountability
• Eliminate waiting lists for social services - services for persons with disabilities and mental health issues should be the first services funded by the legislature
• Protecting the sanctity of life to the extent possible under law
• Eliminate pensions for legislators - KPERS pensions should not be given to part-time legislators. I have refused it.
• Improve the operation of the KS Unemployment office - too many Kansans did not receive their benefits during and after the pandemic.
• Utilize a portion of school districts' reserve funds ($1 billion) to stabilize K-12 education funding and encourage more focus on student outcomes and school accountability. See my plan to fund education without raising taxes.
• Create job growth in Kansas through industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, defense and medicine.
Owen Donohoe brings values and financial integrity to the Kansas Capitol.
Kansas has been through a lot in the last decade -- financial tumult, legislative division and threats to our values. Now we face growing inflation and taxes. Rep. Owen Donohoe is a leader who can set a better course for the future of our taxpayers, families, small businesses and most vulnerable citizens. A leader like Owen Donohoe in the Kansas House of Representatives is getting things done.
"The legislature has lost its focus on representing the taxpayers," says Rep. Donohoe, explaining why he is seeking re-election.
"I want to bring the focus of the legislature back to supporting strong values and fiscal accountability," Rep. Donohoe explains. "My experience in the legislature can help accomplish this. This is what the citizens want – accountability, transparency and a strong foundation of values in our policies."
Ongoing Legislative Updates:
I inform constituents regularly of developments in the legislature through my newsletter and email updates. I encourage you to sign up to receive news updates here.
A message from Rep. Donohoe:
I appreciate your support of District 39 citizens and I am upholding the conservative values you elected me to represent in Topeka, as your 39th District Representative in the Kansas House. Let's keep the lines of communication open -- email me with your thoughts at email@example.com anytime.
The Legislature returned for two veto sessions to wrap up those items that were still pending from the regular session, consider any vetoes, and update the budget based on new financial information.
The Legislature has concluded the majority of its work for the session, though a few key items remain to wrap up during the Veto Session. We spent the last week of session working through differences in versions of bills between the House and Senate. All bills passed up to this point have been presented to the Governor for her consideration. The Legislature will have the opportunity to consider veto overrides on any bill the Governor decides to veto when we return to Topeka on April 25. Read the full recap by clicking on the title.
This May we wrapped up the 2021 Kansas Legislative Session with a host of accomplishments to benefit Kansas taxpayers and relief and provisions for Kansas most vulnerable citizens. I will highlight some of our key accomplishments, which were made possible by Republican majorities who are putting Kansas people first.
The Legislature adjourned its Veto Session May 7, wrapping up its work five days ahead of the 90-day schedule. During the Veto Session, we overrode five of the Governor’s vetoes, passed a budget including fully funding for K-12 schools and expanded school scholarships, and implemented additional COVID relief to help kickstart the economy. Read the full report.
In the 2021 session, I sit on the Social Services Budget, Education and Financial Institutions and Rural Development Committees. In this legislative update, I’ll address the state unemployment crisis and touch on highlights in other key areas.
As many of you know, the Kansas legislative session came to a close early due to COVID-19 and we were not able to pass all the legislation that we had hoped to pass this year. In this column, I will highlight the most pressing needs that need priority attention in the next legislative session, including addressing the social services waiting list. As your representative in western Shawnee, I’m prepared to lead the effort to address these unmet needs and remain a good steward of taxpayers’ money.
Gov. Laura Kelly Saturday, March 28, 2020, signed a temporary statewide stay-home directive excluding essential activities and taking effect on Monday, March 30, in response to escalation of coronavirus cases in Kansas.
Gov. Kelly said the executive order to suspend activities recognized the capacity of COVID-19 infection to escalate and a key role the public could play in restraining it by limiting interaction among people. The order will remain in place until April 19 and won’t be lifted until consistent evidence of a declining infection rate is in hand. It does permit exceptions that include leaving the home for reasons of personal health or safety, to secure supplies or services and for outdoor activities.
After a flurry of legislative actions, the Kansas Legislative session was suspended in March for the safety of legislators and staff at the Capitol. This is an important report of final legislative actions this month -- including passage of a budget. We are tentatively scheduled to return on April 27 for the veto session. You can get daily updates by following my Facebook page. Below are the final bills that were passed the last week of session, including the budget bill, and Gov. Kelly's executive orders.
I wanted to give you a brief update regarding COVID-19. It's important to remember this is not a political issue. This is a public health issue. The health and safety of all Kansans comes first, and it is the highest priority for me and my fellow legislators at this time. Governor Kelly has declared a state of emergency. I am working with the members of the Governor’s public health team and other legislators in both houses to make sure our first responders, health care providers and communities have all they need to help slow the spread of the virus and treat those who may have it. Get updates here.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has endorsed Owen Donohoe for State Representative in Kansas District 39.
Donohoe has consistently been endorsed by small business owners (NFIB) and the business community (Kansas Chamber of Commerce), because of his commitment to economic growth, prudent development and low taxes that attract and retain businesses in Kansas.
"Owen Donohoe is committed to support small business and free enterprise," NFIB State Director Dan Murray says. "He's committed to ensuring a common sense regulatory, labor and tax environment that will help small businesses grow and create jobs."
Owen Donohoe, former three-term State Representative for the 39th District in Kansas, has filed for the Republican primary for the State House of Representatives.
In his three terms as State Representative representing the citizens of Shawnee, Rep. Donohoe was known as a "Champion of the Taxpayer" and a strong, pro-life supporter of family values.
"I want to bring the focus of the legislature back to supporting family values and fiscal accountability," Rep. Donohoe explains. "This is what the citizens want -- accountability and a strong foundation of values in our policies."