Tracey Mann
Tracey Mann, official portrait, 117th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byRoger Marshall
50th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
February 14, 2018 – January 14, 2019
GovernorJeff Colyer
Preceded byJeff Colyer
Succeeded byLynn Rogers
Personal details
Born
Tracey Robert Mann

(1976-12-17) December 17, 1976 (age 45)[1]
Quinter, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Audrey Haynes
(m. 2002)
Children4
EducationKansas State University (BS)
Signature
WebsiteHouse website

Tracey Robert Mann (born December 17, 1976) is an American businessman and politician who has served as the U.S. representative from Kansas's 1st congressional district since 2021. The district, popularly known as "the Big First," includes parts of 63 counties in central and western Kansas and is the seventh-largest district in the nation that does not cover an entire state.

Mann served as the 50th lieutenant governor of Kansas from 2018 to 2019.[2] He was appointed by Governor Jeff Colyer in February 2018, after Colyer ascended from the lieutenant governorship upon Sam Brownback's resignation.

Early life and education

Mann is a fifth-generation Kansan who was born and raised on his family farmer near Quinter, Kansas. He worked in the fields and feed yard with his grandfather, father, and brother. Mann attended Quinter High School, where he was a part of seven state championship teams, including football, track, quiz bowl, and parliamentary procedure. In his senior year, Mann was elected to serve as FFA president and student council president. During his college years, Mann worked as an intern for then-U.S. Representative Jerry Moran.[3] He also served as the student body president of Kansas State University.[4]

Lieutenant Governor of Kansas

Elections

2018 primary for governor

Main article: 2018 Kansas gubernatorial election

Jeff Colyer narrowly lost the 2018 Republican primary to Kris Kobach, and he and Mann left office the next year.

Tenure

Mann's official photo as Lieutenant Governor
Mann's official photo as Lieutenant Governor

Two weeks after Colyer ascended to the office of Governor of Kansas, Mann was appointed as Colyer's lieutenant governor.[5] He was sworn in on February 14, 2018.

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2010

Main article: 2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Kansas § District 1

Mann ran for Kansas's 1st congressional district in the 2010 elections to the United States House of Representatives, losing to Tim Huelskamp in the Republican primary.

During his 2010 campaign, Mann repeatedly insisted President Barack Obama needed to produce his birth certificate to prove that he was an American citizen.[6] The Hutchinson News withdrew its endorsement of Mann, stating, "he questions the citizenship of President Barack Obama despite evidence that is irrefutable to most objective, rational people - including a birth certificate released by the Hawaii secretary of state and birth announcements printed in Honolulu's two major newspapers." On June 21, 2010, Mann said on a Salina radio program that he thought Obama "needs to come forth with his papers and show everyone that he is an American citizen." He made similar comments that day at a forum at Elkhart, Kansas.[7] Though Mann formerly expressed support for birtherism, he has since renounced those beliefs.[8]

2020

Main article: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Kansas § District 1

Mann made another bid for the 1st in 2020 after two-term incumbent Roger Marshall gave up the seat to run for U.S. Senate.[9] On August 4, 2020, Mann defeated Air Force veteran Bill Clifford[10] in the Republican primary–the real contest in this heavily Republican district–and Democrat Kali Barnett in the general election,[11] with 71% of the vote.

Tenure

Iraq

In June 2021, Mann was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[12][13]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Kansas's 1st congressional district Republican primary, 2010[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Huelskamp 34,819 34.8%
Republican Jim Barnett 25,047 25%
Republican Tracey Mann 21,161 21.1%

Personal life

Mann resides in Salina, Kansas, where he works as a commercial real estate broker. He also owns a farm in Quinter, Kansas.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Rep.-elect Tracey Mann (R-Kan.-01)". The Hill. November 30, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Colyer picks Tracey Mann as lieutenant governor". KWCH. February 13, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Get to Know Tracey - Mann for Congress".
  4. ^ "Student Body President and Vice President History".
  5. ^ The Wichita Eagle. "Colyer picks former congressional candidate as lieutenant governor, running mate". Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Tracey Mann D.C. Democratic pursuits terrify me, Salina Journal, September 9, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  7. ^ News withdraws endorsement of Tracey Mann for 'birther' views, Hutchinson News, July 25, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  8. ^ a b McLean, Jim (February 13, 2018). "Colyer Picks Real Estate Operator Tracey Mann As Kansas Lt. Governor". KCUR. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Former Kansas Lt. Gov. announces candidacy for Congress, KWCH, September 9, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Mann wins Republican vote for Congress, KSNT, Mark Feuerborn, August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Kali Barnett wins Democratic seat for U.S. House District 1, KSNT, Tiffany Littier, August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization". NBC News.
  13. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll172.xml[bare URL]
  14. ^ "Statement on being selected to serve on the House Agriculture Committee | Representative Tracey Mann". mann.house.gov. January 26, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  15. ^ "Representative Tracey Mann selected to serve on the House Veterans Affairs Committee | Representative Tracey Mann". mann.house.gov. January 26, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  17. ^ Kansas Secretary of State. "2010 Primary Official Results" (PDF). Retrieved February 15, 2018.