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#SPA80for80: Rep. Tim Huelskamp, SPA/PhD ’95

Representative Tim Huelskamp

Congressman Tim Huelskamp came to AU’s School of Public Affairs with a scholarship, and four years later, left with a Ph.D. in Political Science. He and his wife Angela have four children by adoption, including two daughters from Haiti.

Tim has been the U.S. Representative for Kansas' 1st congressional district since 2011. Known as the “Big First,” the massive district covers almost two-thirds of the state and borders Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Prior to entering Congress, he represented the 38th District of the Kansas Senate from 1997 until 2011.

Huelskamp attended elementary and high school in Fowler, Kansas where he was a Farm Bureau Youth Leader, a member of St. Anthony's Parish, and active in both 4-H and Future Farmers of America. He received his B.A. in Social Science Education in 1991 from College of Santa Fe.

Tim has developed a reputation as one of the leading conservatives in the U.S. House. He has spent his time in Congress working to balance our nation's budget, roll back government over-regulations particularly on small businesses, increase the ability of our farmers and ranchers to earn a living, protect children and families, and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Huelskamp is an active member of the Small Business and the House Veterans Committees and helped lead recent much-needed reform efforts at the Veterans Administration. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Tea Party Caucus, Whip for the Bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus, a member of the Rural Health Care Caucus, and a member the Liberty Caucus.

Congressman Huelskamp had received significant national media attention, often appearing on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and other prominent media outlets.


"The four years I spent at AU were among the most rewarding of my life. I met this beautiful woman named Angela and left four years later with my Ph.D. and her as my wife. I also was struck with the necessity of engaging in public policy to save the American Dream, especially for the people of Kansas.”