Rep. Susan Concannon
While I am in office, I hope to be a voice for rural Kansas,” she said. “There are so many issues including healthcare, education, infrastructure and more, that are simply different in the rural area than in the cities.”
Rep. Susan Concannon is focused on keeping Kansas moving forward while working to help those in her community who need it most.
“Recently, I have been focusing on foster care and child welfare issues,” Concannon said. “I became chair of the Committee on Children and Seniors in 2019. Kansas is really struggling with our privatized foster care system.”
Her work with the foster care system has become her passion and has resulted in some of her proudest moments.
“Last fall, I chaired an interim committee on foster care to dig into the issue and root out the gaps in the system. This year’s session produced a bill to establish a child welfare oversight committee, as well as bills addressing a few other changes to the system. They all passed. Our request for an audit of the privatization was accepted for 2021.
“We are getting some things done, but we have a long way to go.”
While serving as a state representative, Concannon’s focus is on her constituents.
“While I am in office, I hope to be a voice for rural Kansas,” she said. “There are so many issues including healthcare, education, infrastructure and more, that are simply different in the rural area than in the cities.
“We need, and I hope I am, that voice who can ignore the politics and stand for what is the right thing to do for the rural parts of the state. I also hope to continue to help my constituents with issues pertaining to the state. It is so fulfilling to be able to help a person get through all the red tape. This was so important during the pandemic when we had so much trouble with the unemployment process — just when people needed it the most.”
Concannon hopes to be considered a leader on health issues and child welfare in Kansas. She is a mother and grandmother of five. She enjoys reading, quilting, photography and travelling.
“I really, really enjoy traveling, especially internationally. I enjoy learning about other cultures,” she said.
But perhaps the thing she is most proud of is her children.
“Thinking through fulfilling life goals, I have to say the proudest time of all is now – watching our 3 children become independent, balanced, productive adults, each finding success in their chosen fields,” she said.
Family is important to Concannon, and she looks to her father-in-law when listing the best advice she ever heard.
“He told me to build relationships along with way and don’t burn bridges. You may not see the importance of that relationship at the time, but you never know when it will come back to benefit you,” she said.