2018 Election primer: Kansas 3rd Congressional District

Democrat Sharice Davids (from left), Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder, and Libertarian Chris Clemmons.

The top-of-the ballot race in Tuesday’s elections will be for the Kansas 3rd Congressional District, which has been represented by Republican Kevin Yoder since 2011.

Yoder faces first-time Democratic candidate Sharice Davids as well as Libertarian Chris Clemmons, who ran for the seat back in 2014.

Here’s a quick look at their biographies:

Rep. Kevin Yoder

Rep. Kevin Yoder at an appearance in Mission in December.

Education: University of Kansas for both undergraduate and law school.

Occupation: Yoder worked in private practice as an attorney in Olathe after getting his law degree in 2002.

Elected experience: Yoder was first elected to a seat in the Kansas House representing parts of Overland Park and Leawood in 2002 and served until he was elected to Congress in the fall of 2010.

Sharice Davids

Sharice Davids had been scheduled to participate in a forum put on by the Bar Association today. She has pulled out.

Education: Davids attended Johnson County Community College and Rockhurst University before taking a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She received her law degree from Cornell Law School.

Occupation: After graduating from law school she worked for two years at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now called Dentons) in Kansas City. She then moved to South Dakota where she worked in an economic development role in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She was a member of the 2016-17 class of White House Fellows.

Elected experience: None.

Chris Clemmons

Education: Clemmons received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 2011.

Occupation: Clemmons is a science teacher in the Kansas City, Kan., School District. He started his career at Patton Junior High School in the Fort Leavenworth School District.

Elected experience: None.


Last month, we gave the candidates the chance to respond to a questionnaire we put together with input from our readers. Links to the posts that have the candidates’ responses to each of the five items are below. (Rep. Yoder did not participate in the questionnaire).

  • Gun violence: What specific measures should Congress take to reduce gun violence in our communities? What needs to happen to see such steps become reality?
  • Health care: Should all Americans be guaranteed the right to have access to affordable health insurance? If so, how should that right be addressed? Should coverage be guaranteed for pre-existing conditions?
  • Immigration: Are you comfortable with the current operation of the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency? If so, why? If not, what needs to change? Should the agency be abolished? What key points would you include in any immigration overhaul?
  • Oversight of Trump administration: Are you satisfied with the level of oversight Congress has exercised during the Trump administration? If not, what issues do you believe need investigation or additional scrutiny?
  • Safety net programs: Would you ever support cutting Medicare or Social Security benefits? Why or why not?

Debates and forums

Yoder and Davids participated in a single debate, which was organized by Fox 4, KCPT and the Kansas City Star, during the campaign. Clemmons was not invited to participate. Video of that debate, which took place last week, is below: