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For Immediate Release: February 19, 2020
Contact: Maggie Collins, (913) 660-5012

Adkins Earns “Contender” Designation by the National Republican Congressional Committee

Overland Park, Kan. – Amanda Adkins, Republican candidate for US Congress in Kansas’ Third Congressional District, has been promoted to a “Contender” in the Young Guns program by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

Young Guns is a program led by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and run by the NRCC that identifies candidates across the country who embody the principles of the House Republican Conference and show promise of running a successful campaign. For a candidate to be promoted to “Contender” status means their campaign has met stringent program metrics including fundraising.   

This campaign milestone follows the news that Adkins earned the endorsement of businesswoman and philanthropist Susan Pompeo. Adkins also reported in early January that she had raised more than a half million dollars in a short time period, and has more cash on hand than her two primary opponents combined.

“This milestone confirms the momentum that is building on the ground to help me retake this seat for Republicans as we are leading with solutions important to the individual and the family,” Adkins said. “I will continue to work hard every day to earn the trust and support of voters in Kansas City where I have built my business career and raised my children.”

Adkins worked as an executive at a global Kansas City based healthcare and information technology company for 15 years. Prior to that she served as Professional Staff on the U.S. House Rules Committee and advised on commerce issues in the US Senate. Adkins is the co-founder of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series which empowers Republican women in the areas of leadership, government and politics. As the Kansas Republican Party Chairwoman (2009-2013) she achieved unprecedented election success. Adkins also founded the nonprofit organization, Systems of Care Initiative to make targeted investments in young children preparing them for school and the future workforce. Adkins graduated from the University of Kansas and has lived in Overland Park for the past 17 years with her husband of 20 years, Jason, and their two children.