Get To Know Rick Kloos
Independent Governor 2018
Even with Kansas’ most current setbacks, I still believe Kansas’ best is yet to come. As an independent Governor who has the heart of the people, I will listen, choose and create policies that will be best for the people of Kansas, because I am a Kansan.
I have come to appreciate this great state from my early years in rural Kansas by enjoying the outdoors -fishing, hunting and camping. As a teenager, I was known by the local farmers as “Mr. Stuck” because too many times I would get stuck mudding and have to be pulled out by one of the farmers with his tractor. At sixteen, I started driving a truck across Kansas, building my own business. I learned the value of hard work from my mother who is a German immigrant. I learned the art of negotiation from my stepdad, making my small business successful at a young age.
My wife and I graduated cum laude from Trinity College in North Dakota with a Bachelors in Theology and Ministerial Studies and served as clergy for nearly 30 years. I then continued my studies in substance abuse counseling at Washburn University and later received certification in ACPE which allowed me to serve both as a police and hospice chaplain in correctional facilities and clinical settings.
We have been in the Topeka community since May of 1998. In June of 2009, we started a non-profit thrift store employing a staff of 30. Its success is not credited to our leadership alone but in part to all our hardworking staff and volunteers. Pennie and I have been in public service almost all our lives. We realize that life is no longer about our dreams, visions and aspirations but it’s about our kids and our grandkids. It’s about their future and the generations to come. And this is where our next season in life begins. Our journey is about the passion we have for Kansas and the desire for it to be a place where we all can successfully live.
Meet Nate Kloos
Lieutenant Governor 2018
I believe we can do politics better. When we work together again and find middle ground solutions, I believe our state will run at its healthiest and that we will set the climate for Kansas to grow.
I’ve had the opportunity to serve and work for my dad since my youth.
Nine years ago I helped my dad start a nonprofit organization — God’s Storehouse — that has become a staple in Topeka through the constant support of the community, staff, and volunteers. Through it we have been able to help many in our community. The store gave me opportunities to learn many different skills and work with people from all walks of life. Additionally, one of my hobbies is remodeling houses. I love to fix things and see the end result. After seeing how bad politics have become, I ran to see how I could help make a difference. I have always desired a life in politics because I love serving people.
Over the last year and a half, I’ve got to visit every county and meet with many of Kansas’ local leaders, learning about their communities and hearing what they want out of the next governor. This experience gave me a whole new appreciation for our great state and the desire to promote Kansas again. I believe my dad will lead our state best because he took the risk to run Independent so he can bring true unity. We cannot do politics better if we are not willing to work together and find middle ground solutions that best serve the people and preserves peace. My father and I have taken the time to listen and learn from the people. I truly believe that we have the heart of the people. That's why I think it is time that we get back to common-sense politics and do what’s best for the people.