Emily Carpenter for State Representative

Thank you for visting my website! I am honored to be running for State Representative in District 17, which encompasses southern Shawnee and northern Lenexa. I am honored to have won the Republican nomination with 79% of the vote!

Over the last two years, we have all learned how important it is to have representatives who will stand up for us at every level of government. Terrible policies out of Washington are crushing our families and businesses, so we must have strong, principled leaders willing to work together to solve problems. That is why I am running - and I ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 8th!

My priorities are simple and straight-forward:

Ease the Burden of Inflation
Everyone is impacted by rising costs for goods and services. To ease the burden of inflation, we must enact sound economic and tax policies with an emphasis on middle-class families and seniors.

Empower Entrepreneurs
Small businesses are key to a growing economy. For Kansas to successfully compete with our neighbors, we must embrace solutions that allow for businesses to grow such as removing red tape and other barriers to success.

Emphasize Student-Focused Education
Student achievement is the goal of our education system. We can increase student success by listening to parents, requiring quality curriculum, and directing funding to the classroom so teachers have the resources they need to get results.

Enhance Access to Quality Health Care
With a degree in Health Promotion, health care access is a priority for Emily as she knows it's key to preventing disease and lowering costs. She will work to ensure Kansans can obtain the care they need, including mental health services.

Embrace All Kansas Kids
Emily's heart is with the adoption and foster care community and she will be an advocate for fixing our foster care system, funding crisis pregnancy centers, and promoting adoption so all Kansas kids have a loving home.

For these and other issues, please visit my new Issues page. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at emilycarpenter4kansas@gmail.com. If you'd like to join our team, click here to volunteer!

I look forward to hearing from you!

For Kansas,


Emily Carpenter is a native Kansan, growing up in Wellsville as Emily Bloss, graduating from Wellsville High School in 1997. She then attended Emporia State, where she graduated in 2001 as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. In addition to numerous awards for her academic and athletic success, she was named Kansas Woman of the year by the NCAA in 2001, and will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

Emily and her husband, Derrick, have been married for 19 years and have four children, with their school-aged children attending public schools. For eight years, they have served as a protective home in Johnson County for children in crisis who have no other place to stay. The Carpenter family is involved in supporting adoption and foster care community, including participating in the recent Joy Run. They are also small business owners.

Emily's approach to public service is about building bridges while being a principled advocate with her foremost passion being students. She has no agenda - except to make Kansas a better place for all of us, particularly our kids. That starts with having a conversation and ends with coming together with common sense solutions to challenges we face.


The boundaries have changed in District 17! Largely, the edges of the district are Pflumm on the east, K-7 on the west, Shawnee Mission Parkway on the north, and 87th/83rd St on the south, with the exception of a small pocket in the northwest corner of the district. A map is below:


The General Election is on Tuesday, November 8th. Below are some key dates and important information regarding voting:

October 18th - Deadline to Register to Vote (click Here October 19th - Advance Voting by Mail Begins
October 22nd - Advance Voting in person Begins
November 8th - Election Day!

Advance Voting Information- Click here for information on how to vote in advance in Johnson County.

If you have any questions about your ballot, please contact the Johnson County Election Office.