Richard Gannon

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Director of Governmental Affairs


Richard Gannon was born and raised on a family farm southwest of Goodland. The farm was homesteaded by Richard’s great grandparents in 1885 and is still operated by the family today.

He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1973 and served in the Kansas State Senate beginning in 1976 and retiring (voluntarily) in 1988. He served on several committees, including Ways and Means, and was active in several national committees. Following the legislative years, he worked for a time in state government before joining UMB Bank.

He was later named president of their banks in Topeka and served as vice chairman of the board for UMB National Bank of America.

He became director of governmental affairs for the Kansas Press Association prior to the 2004 legislative session.

He and his wife, Martha, have two married daughters, Jessica and Elizabeth, and four grandchildren: Adela, Ronan, Declan and Eliza.

He enjoys playing the bagpipes and has served as the official piper for the Kansas House of Representatives, performing each year on St. Patrick's Day.