Our days are full at The Capitol. As we rush from one meeting to the next, we’re reminded every day that this is the house of the people. On a daily basis, it gives me great pleasure to watch our Statehouse docent lead school children as they sing “Home on the Range” or run into a group of high school students celebrating their service with Junior ROTC. My committee schedule is completely full; we are hearing testimony every day right now and have begun discussing budgets to complete FY2017. Between meetings, I return phone calls or emails and often meet with lobbyists, representatives from state agencies, or visiting citizens. We have already started voting on some bills in the House and I expect the pace to accelerate in the days to come.
The 2017 Kansas Legislative Session began on Monday, January 9th with the swearing in of all members, including ME! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. My husband, Stewart, cheered me on from the gallery and joined me for our first Legislative Kick-Off Reception that evening. Since the vast majority of the spouses are women, he was a bit amused with the list of events offered to spouses. So, he decided to start a blog instead: “Stew Unleashed! Life of a Legislative Spouse,” documenting what he’s up to while I’m in Topeka. He has a long list of activities lined up, so check it out to see what he’s up to!
"A little more than a year after she decided to run for political office for the first time, Joy Koesten will be sworn in for a two-year term in the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka when the legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 9. Koesten was part of the wave of newcomers who booted out incumbents in the August primary, when she defeated two-term incumbent Jerry Lunn. She was unopposed in the general election."
Barbara Bayer, The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities during the legislative session.