Amanda Adkins (politician)

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Amanda Adkins
Chair of the Kansas Republican Party
In office
January 31, 2009 – January 26, 2013
Preceded byKris Kobach
Succeeded byKelly Arnold
Personal details
Born1974/1975 (age 46–47)[1]
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Kansas (BS)

Amanda L. Adkins (born 1974/1975)[2] is an American politician and businesswoman who served as the Chair of the Kansas Republican Party from 2009 to 2013.[3] She was the Republican nominee for Kansas's 3rd congressional district in the 2020 elections.[4][5][6][7][8]


Adkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology and anthropology from the University of Kansas in 1998.[9]


After graduating from the University of Kansas, Adkins served as a legislative aide in the United States Senate for two years and as a staffer on the United States House Committee on Rules. She later worked as the legislative director for Rep. David Dreier.[10] Adkins then worked as the director of GOPAC, a Republican political action committee and 527 training organization.[11]

Prior to announcing her candidacy for Congress, Adkins worked as the VP of Strategic Growth at Cerner, a healthcare company. Adkins took a leave of absence from Cerner starting in January 2020.[12][13] Adkins had previously served as the Chair of the Kansas Children's Cabinet under Governor Sam Brownback.[14]

In the 2020 election, Adkins ran for Congress in Kansas's 3rd congressional district. Adkins won the Republican primary election against four other candidates, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Sharice Davids in the November general election.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Adkins and her husband, Jason, have two children. They live in Overland Park, Kansas.[16][17]


  1. "Amanda Adkins Wins the Republican Primary in Kansas' 3rd District". KNSS. August 5, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  2. "Amanda Adkins wins the Republican primary in Kansas' 3rd District". KNSS 98.7/1330. 2020-08-05. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  3. "About Amanda Adkins". Paid for by Amanda Adkins for Congress. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  4. "Congressional Candidate Amanda Adkins | Wyandotte County District Attorney | Kansas City Evictions". KCUR 89.3 - NPR in Kansas City. Local news, entertainment and podcasts. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  5. "GOP candidate's dad steers cash into PAC attacking rival". AP NEWS. July 8, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  6. Scott, Dylan (August 3, 2020). "Kansas, of all places, is shaping up to be an important 2020 battleground". Vox. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  7. "Amanda Adkins kicks off run for Congress in Kansas". AP NEWS. September 10, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  8. "New GOP candidate for Congress in Kansas proposes moon base". AP NEWS. February 21, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  9. "Your ballot explained". Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  10. "Current Board of Governors - The Eisenhower Series | Empowering Kansas Republican Women". The Eisenhower Series. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  11. "Amanda Adkins of Overland Park enters race for Rep. Davids' seat, setting up Republican primary". Shawnee Mission Post - Community news and events for northeast Johnson County. September 9, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  12. Gilbert, Jackie (January 27, 2020). "Cerner VP of Strategic Growth goes on leave to focus on political campaign in Kansas". FedHealthIT. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  13. "ICYMI: Former Brownback Advisor and Lobbyist Amanda Adkins Faces Scrutiny Over Potential Conflict of Interest". DCCC. November 18, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  14. "What Did Brownback Children's Cabinet Chair Amanda Adkins Know About State's Failing Foster Care System?". DCCC. May 18, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  15. "Rep. Sharice Davids wins Kansas' 3rd congressional district, defeating Amanda Adkins". FOX 4 Kansas City. 4 November 2020.
  16. Wankum, Leah (January 21, 2020). "In presentation to conservative group, GOP candidate Amanda Adkins says she wants to see debt down, more accountability in public spending". Shawnee Mission Post - Community news and events for northeast Johnson County. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  17. "Five Republicans running for U.S. representative, 3rd District – Welcome to Wyandotte Daily!". Retrieved August 5, 2020.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kris Kobach
Chair of the Kansas Republican Party
Succeeded by
Kelly Arnold

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