WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement today in tribute to the state of Kansas’ 153rd birthday:
“On January 29, 1861, Kansas was founded on the ideals of freedom and individual responsibility. The spirit of those early pioneers who settled our state and tamed the West still lives on today as Kansans work to improve our communities, our state and our nation.
“The story of Kansas is one about the farmers, factory workers, teachers, parents and all the unsung heroes whose hard work has built our state’s economy. Kansas has established itself as a national leader in many fields, including agriculture, aviation and research. From Amelia Earhart of Atchison to Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby of Great Bend to Walter Chrysler of Ellis – our state has been home to some of the most brilliant and talented American minds.
“Over the years, our state has also raised many national leaders who have helped Kansas and the nation overcome many obstacles. No one better exemplifies this leadership than President Dwight D. Eisenhower – one of Kansas’ favorite sons who rose from humble beginnings to do great things. President Eisenhower is among thousands of patriotic and devoted Kansans who have answered the call to serve our country.
“I often tell folks in Washington that we live a special way of life in Kansas. In Kansas, we have strong communities, where you can raise your family, get involved and form life-long friendships. We have dedicated teachers, who not only educate our children, but instill in them a love for learning. And we have neighbors who know one another by name. This is the Kansas legacy we want to leave behind for our children and grandchildren.
“We have much to be proud of – from our rich heritage, to our talented leaders, to our diverse industries. Happy 153rd Birthday to the great state of Kansas; I believe even brighter days lie ahead, and I will work hard to make certain we leave behind a stronger, freer and more prosperous state and nation for the next generation.”