Editor's Note: This is part of a series of candidate profiles based on answers to a questionnaire sent out by the Tribune.
Republican Caryn Tyson is running for the Kansas Senate District 12 seat against Democrat Denise Cassells in the Nov. 6 general election.
Tyson was born in Kansas and is a fifth-generation Kansan. She currently live with my husband, Tim, on Tyson Ranch, south of Parker. Tyson currently serves in the Kansas House of Representatives and for Bradford and Galt as a senior engineer/analyst in the Information Technology (IT) industry when the legislature is not in session..
"I have a diverse background and real world experience that served me well as a State Representative and will be strong assets as our Kansas Senator," Tyson said. "I have worked over 24 years in the IT industry analyzing problems, designing, implementing solutions, including budget issues. Another interest of mine is being in business with Tim.Over 20 years ago, we started with a few cattle and we now own and operate Tyson Ranch. Agriculture is an important part of my life. We need representation that understands the important part agriculture plays in our state economy.
When asked why Tyson is running for the Kansas State Senate, she answered as follows:
"During my career I had the opportunity to work on government contracts, including work at NASA. It was a great experience but it was also my first exposure to government waste," Tyson said. "I later found out that the state government wastes money with a similar budget process. The State budgets money and if an agency or department doesn't spend the money, they lose it for this year and the next budget year. Most agencies will spend the money rather they need it or not. This process promotes wasteful spending. I am running to work for a more efficient government, saving the taxpayers money so that we can grow our economy and create jobs."
Tyson added that she is a proven leader that has been recognized in her career for leadership, teamwork, and other achievements.
"I was elected State Representative in 2010 and have worked diligently to serve my constituents," Tyson said. "I understand the legislative process and will be a strong voice for the 12th Senate District."
Tyson said that as a State Representative, she worked with others from all parties to pass legislation.
"The gridlock, for the most part, occurred in the Senate," Tyson said. "An example is when the House passed the first redistricting map with 109 bi-partisan votes. The Senate leadership chose to let the map die. As your Senator, I will continue to work with others in the legislature."
Tyson said she was elected State Representative in 2010 and has worked diligently to serve constituents of the 4th district.
"I served as Second District Chair of the Kansas Republican Party and Second District Vice-Chair, working with 26 counties; and currently serve as Precinct Committeewoman," Tyson said. "I am a member of the Fort Scott Chamber, Project Management Institute, and other organizations."