Rep. Ron Estes Officially Enters 2024 Race on Anniversary of Lincoln’s Birthday

Today, on the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, U.S. Rep. Ron Estes filed for re-election to serve Kansas’ 4th Congressional District with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office in Topeka. Estes was first elected to Congress in an April 2017 special election. He handily won re-election in 2018, 2020 and 2022, garnering 63.34% to his opponent’s 36.66% in the latest election.

“Talking with folks throughout the 4th District each week when I’m home in Kansas, it’s very clear that we share the same priorities for our country – securing our southern border against the lawless crisis created by this administration, lowering the costs of everyday goods caused by failed Bidenomics, reducing Washington spending that has contributed to our $34 trillion debt and safeguarding Social Security for current retirees and future generations,” said Estes. “Americans know that Washington is broken and they’re tired of backroom deals and petty politics – but I’ve been able to champion conservative, Kansas values and principles while working across the aisle when appropriate to get things done for the Sunflower State.”

Rep. Estes chose to file on the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

“President Lincoln, revered as one of the greatest presidents, led our country through some of her darkest days and, like so many valiant Americans throughout our history, gave his last full measure of devotion in service to the United States of America. More than a century after the end of the Civil War, our world is much different, but we face daunting divisions that are tearing our country apart. While the word unity is often flung about to mask the user’s true intention of pulling opponents to their side, it would behoove us as a nation to look to Lincoln’s allegiance to this country, love for his fellow man, compassion for those who disagreed with him and devotion to God as a guide for restoring our nation and healing our land,” said Estes.

Having served in the House since 2017, Rep. Estes has been a champion for Kansas families, workers, small businesses, farmers and veterans. He authored the bipartisan Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Act to protect Kansas’ skilled workforce during the pandemic, authored the R&D immediate expensing legislation that will help countless Kansas innovators and is currently making its way through the legislative process, strongly supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that put money in the pockets of hardworking Kansans and ushered in economic growth for families and communities, was named to the USMCA whip team to help push this critical trade deal across the finish line that benefits Kansas manufacturers, ag producers, and workers, helped preserve the stepped-up basis provision that was under attack by politicians who wanted to hurt rural farmers and ranchers, defeated air traffic control privatization that would have been harmful to the general aviation industry, led the charge for HHS to implement the Protect Life Rule which prevented abortion providers from receiving Title X Family Planning tax dollars, and secured three additional KC-46 tankers for our airmen at McConnell Air Force Base.

He is a leading voice on U.S. tax sovereignty, pushing back against the global Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s disastrous plan to usurp the United States tax code, and is one of the top members of Congress advocating for reining in spending through his participation in the Bipartisan Fiscal Forum, offering an amendment to reduce spending and cosponsoring multiple resolutions to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Rep. Estes’ colleagues have shown great respect for him and recognize his deep knowledge in a broad variety of topics, naming him to the influential Ways and Means Committee in 2019 – a top committee in the House. Having spent more years in the private sector than the public sector, he brings his business and state treasurer background to the committee with jurisdiction over trade, taxes, retirement security and health care. A fierce advocate for fiscal responsibility, Rep. Estes was also named to the House Budget Committee. Additionally, he serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the bicameral Joint Economic Committee.

Outside organizations continually recognize Rep. Estes’ commitment to Kansas and his leadership in the House. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget named Rep. Estes a Fiscal Hero. He has earned a 100% rating from Club for Growth and Americans Energy Alliance. The American Conservative Union scored Rep. Estes at 97% and FreedomWorks gave him 91%. He has an A+ rating from Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and an A from Gun Owners of America. Rep. Estes also received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise award and Hero of Main Street award from the National Retail Federation for his support of small and local businesses, the State Financial Officers Foundation Financial Freedom Award, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Freedom to Fly award for his support of general aviation, and the Wheat Advocate Award from Kansas Wheat.

Kansans are also showing support for Rep. Estes. He has a broad base of support from throughout the District as evidenced by campaign contributions, including a large number of small-dollar grassroots donors. At the end of the fourth quarter, Rep. Estes has raised more than $1,000,000 in this election cycle alone and entered the first quarter with nearly $1.3 million cash on hand. Thanks to his many supporters across the state, Rep. Estes is committed to assisting conservative candidates on the ballot in south central Kansas.

​​Rep. Estes remains committed to the people of the 4th District and has a strong track record of assisting Kansans through robust constituent services. Since being sworn in, Rep. Estes and his staff have met with individuals and families to help them with the IRS, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, passport issues, and other federal agencies. His office is further reaching out to Spanish-speaking populations and has a staff member in the Wichita District Office who can assist Kansans in Spanish.

Rep. Estes is honored to serve the people of the 4th District in our nation’s capital and works hard every day on behalf of his fellow Kansans with the same strong work ethic he learned on his family’s farm.