Congressman speaks at Wichita Pachyderm Club meeting

Posted: Updated:

While Congress is on a week-long July 4th recess, many elected officials are back in their hometowns to speak with constituents.

Rep. Ron Estes, (R) Kansas, spoke to 120 people who attended this week's Wichita Pachyderm Club meeting in downtown Wichita. His wife, Susan, introduced him to the room full of supporters.

"I think he does a great job of surmising what is going on up there and being transparent about the ups and the downs," said Susan Estes.

The Congressman focused on three key national issues: healthcare, budget, and tax reform.

"That's a big thing that's on the horizon, right after we get through the fiscal year '18 budget. That's important just from a trade standpoint to be able to address getting lower rates, so that we're not the highest rate in the world, which affects us in the ability to trade," said Estes.

Estes received numerous rounds of applause for his remarks during the lunch meeting.

"The crowd reaction was wonderful. I think they view Ron as a solid Congressman, not a lot of flash but there's a lot of substance there. The old saying that still waters runs deep, I believe that applies to this congressman," said Wichita Pachyderm Club Vice President John Todd.

Estes will return to D.C. next week when Congress goes back in session on Tuesday.

He will return to Kansas during the five-week-long August recess, which starts the July 29th weekend and ends after Labor Day.

To contact your elected officials, click here.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have a photo to share with us? Email it to


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Thief targets an already grieving Wichita mother

      An already grieving Wichita mother was dealt another blow thanks to a thief.

    • El Dorado teen killed in crash in rural Butler County

      A vehicle filled with young adults was heading north when it went off Hopkins Switch Road.

    • Paul McCartney's take on Westboro protesters at Wichita concert

      Paul McCartney has his own take on Westboro Baptist Church protesters who gathered outside of Wichita's INTRUST Bank Arena ahead of the former Beatle's concert Wednesday night. 

    • Emails request changes inside prison

      Emails from prison workers obtained by KAKE News reveal specific concerns about conditions inside the El Dorado Correctional Facility. Specifically, the emails list security and protection concerns among guards. 

    • 'Speed enforcement blitz' in Kansas this weekend

      Drivers in Kansas may notice more traffic enforcement this weekend. That's because authorities are taking part in a "speed enforcement blitz" statewide. 

    • Hackers of Kansas data system got Social Security numbers of millions in 10 states

      Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system used by multiple states gained access to more than 5.5 million Social Security Numbers and put the agency on the hook to pay for credit monitoring services for all victims.

    • Bethel College hires husband-wife coaching duo to lead women's basketball program

      Bethel College will welcome its second husband-wife coaching team with the appointment of Drew Johnson, head women’s basketball coach, and Nicole (Ohlde) Johnson, assistant coach. Athletic Director Tony Hoops announced the hires July 20, following the resignation earlier this month of Adam Esses, who took a position at the University of Texas-San Antonio, an NCAA Division I school. “I could not be more pleased to have Drew and Nicole join our Bethel College athletic staf...
    • Conviction upheld in murder of Wichita radio station employee

      The Kansas Supreme Court today affirmed convictions in the beating death of a Wichita radio station employee.   

    • Teens may face charge after watching man drown

      Authorities in Florida say a group of teens who watched, laughed and made a video as a man drowned in a retention pond can be charged with failure to report a death.

    • Union: El Dorado prison forcing officers to work 16-hour shifts

      A union representing Kansas state employees says some officers at the state's maximum-security prison outside El Dorado are being required to work 16-hour shifts.