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Does Ed Trimmer understand family values?

Ed and Kris Trimmer have been married for forty-two years. They have resided in Winfield since 1974. Kris is an educator and teaches government, leadership and psychology for USD 465. Ed and Kris have two grown daughters, Kyle and Jessica; two son-in-laws, Alfredo and Mark; a grandson Asanty, a granddaughter Avery and a granddaughter Hannah

Ed and Kris both know the challenges that face our youth. Ed and Kris also know how important family connections and adult mentoring are for today's young people.

When Ed Trimmer takes a job, how long does he stay with it and how well does he do it?

A Winfield resident of forty-two years, Ed Trimmer was an instructor at Winfield High School for thirty-three years and a successful debate coach and speech teacher for twenty-eight years. During that time, he was named "Outstanding Speech Educator" by the Kansas Speech Communication Association and chaired the KSCA Liaison Committee to the Kansas High School Activities Association for six years.

He served as the chair of the West Kansas District of the National Forensic League for six years. He was a member of West and South Kansas Districts NFL committees for eighteen years. He was also a co-founder of the "Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament" and served on the selection committee for eight years. He was named the Jaycee’s "Outstanding Young Educator" as well as "Winfield NEA Master Teacher". He has also been inducted into the Kansas Debate Coaches Hall of Fame, the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame and the Kansas Speech Communication Association Hall of Fame.

During his years as a debate and speech coach, he qualified twenty-two students for the National Debate and Speech Tournament. He coached twenty-three state qualifying debate teams, nineteen of which placed in the top four. His students won the State Championship in 1991. Trimmer notes, “My years of involvement in debate activities exposed me to a wide variety of topics and issues and gave me the ability to evaluate the consequences of policy-making decisions.”

Can Ed Trimmer learn new concepts and adapt to changes in his job situation?

In 2000, Trimmer changed his teaching emphasis and became certified to teach the CISCO Network Academy at Winfield High School. His students received the "State of Kansas Best Practice" award for the school’s Student Technology Assistance Team. Many of his students have worked for the school district as student technicians and have gone on to computer network related careers.

Can Ed Trimmer handle working with others in a potentially adversarial role?

Trimmer served on the teachers’ negotiations team for a total of ten years and was chief negotiator for three. He helped the district establish interest-based negotiations in which both the teachers and the board of education work together to find solutions to issues in education rather than arguing over competing positions.

Is Ed Trimmer active in his community?

Ed Trimmer was president of the Winfield Swim Club for six years and president of the Great Plains Swim League for three. He served as a meet official for more than ten years. He was a member of the municipal pool task force and was active in the bond election to build the Winfield Aquatic Center. He has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over thirty years, and is a past active elder and past Christian Education Committee chair. He was also a member of the Sunrise Lions Club.

He is a longtime member of the Winfield Municipal Band and is currently the web master for their community web site. Ed participates in in the Winfield Regional Symphony during the fall concert season. He is currently a member of the Winfield Rotary Club and serves on the REACH Advisory Board. Ed and Kris have been active supporters of Winfield Main Street Projects.

He was named a "Friend of Cowley County Farm Bureau" in 2011 and endorsed by Kansas Farm Bureau in 2014 and 2016.

Business Discussion

Does Ed Trimmer's background help him to be a better legislator?

“My commitment to represent the voters of the 79th district is not just a campaign promise but a pledge based on forty-two years of service to this community. My goals are to be a good listener, a thoughtful and knowledgeable policy maker, and a tolerant and non-partisan legislator. I believe my record during the past four sessions demonstrates that."

What is Ed's Legislative Experience?

Ed has been a member of the Kansas Legislature for the past eleven years. He has served on the House Health and Human Services Committee, the Government Efficiency and Technology Committee, the Joint Committe on Education Policy, the Study Commission on Public Employee Retirement and Benefits, and the House Insurance Committee. He is currently serving on the House Education Committee, the K-12 Budget Committee*, The Financial Institutions andPensions Committee, the House Rules and Journal Committee and the Legislative Post Audit Committee.

*Ranking minority member

 

This web page was created by Ed Trimmer
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Kris Trimmer, Treasurer