Virgil & Tamara - 2020
PERSONAL– A lifelong Kansan. Born in Wichita and raised in rural southeast Kansas. Virgil frequently says, “I’m proud to call myself a country boy and life-long Kansan”.
In 1977, he married his high school sweetheart – Tamara; proudly saying, “Marrying Tamara was one of the best things I’ve ever done.” The couple have three adult children: Virgil III (pastor of Ft. Scott Nazarene Church), Roger (owner and operator of Tornado Place of Arkansas, LLC) and Janette (missionary and pastor’s wife in eastern Europe – Kosovo). He and his wife have six grandchildren – four live in Kansas and two live with their parents in Kosovo.
Business – Virgil has been a self-employed insurance agent for over 40 years. As an agent, he has won numerous awards – including twice being “Producer of the Year” for one of the companies he represents. Additionally, he has qualified for the President’s Club (being in the top 5% of agents) of two different insurance companies on 12 different occasions.
Political – Served 4 years on the CQ Co. Community (Sedan) School Board. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004 – the first republican elected to the district in over 40 years. During his tenure in the House, he served two yrs. as the House Republican Caucus Chairman, Chairman of the prestigious Legislative Post Audit Committee, Chairman of the Transportation and Public Safety Budget Committee, Vice Chair of three different committees: Legislative Post Audit, the House Transportation Committee and House Insurance. He also served on the Taxation, Appropriations, Agriculture, Elections, Local Government, and the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee.
As a State Representative, Virgil introduced/authored numerous pieces of legislation – several of which became law. The two he says are his favorite are: increasing the crime of battery against a law enforcement officer from a misdemeanor to a felony and a mandatory additional 42 months of incarceration for a person convicted of a felony while wearing ballistic resistant material (a bullet-proof vest).
He currently serves as the Chairman of the MG Co. Republican Party, where he has organized several events for the County and SEK – like the 2018 Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Forum in Parsons.