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Gilstrap to seek 4th Senate term

May 8, 2008

Incumbent Mark Gilstrap, D-Kansas City, will seek a fourth term as state senator from the 5th District.

"It is an honor to serve the people of the 5th District in the Legislature," Gilstrap said. "I will continue to work hard to represent the values and principles important to Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties."

Gilstrap was first elected in 1996.

Among the legislative accomplishments he cited, Gilstrap pointed to a 2007 vote to allow his constituents the opportunity to decide whether slot machines should be allowed at the Woodlands and destination casinos in Kansas.

Gilstrap helped pass a three-year public school finance plan in 2006, and this year, he helped extend the plan for a fourth year.

Gilstrap has also strongly advocated for economic development opportunities in the Kansas City area. In 1998, he supported the STAR Bonds Act, which helped spur construction of the retail and entertainment district Village West.

Gilstrap is the ranking minority member of both the Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee. He also serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Health Care Strategies, Interstate Cooperation, Pubic Health and Welfare, and on the Joint Committees on Special Claims Against the State and State-Tribal Relations.

A life-long resident of Kansas City, Kan., Gilstrap graduated from Rockhurst College in 1975 with a degree in business administration. He is employed as the deputy revenue director for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

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