Kansas delegation splits along party lines on impeachment

    A pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. and prompted the U.S. House to vote Wednesday in support of impeaching President Donald Trump. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    A pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. and prompted the U.S. House to vote Wednesday in support of impeaching President Donald Trump. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    TOPEKA — Kansas’ Democrat in the U.S. House voted for impeachment and the three Republican members from the state voted against the measure accusing President Donald Trump of abetting supporters who stormed the Capitol in protest of the November election.

    Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat serving the 3rd District in the Kansas City area, said she didn’t take lightly her decision to vote in favor of Trump’s removal. The resolution passed 232-297, with 10 Republicans voting with Democrats. The case shifts to the U.S. Senate.

    “We have a president who not only condoned but encouraged such violent behavior,” she said. “He is a clear and present danger to our safety, security and to our democracy.”

    Republican congressmen Ron Estes, Tracey Mann and Jake LaTurner rejected impeachment of the GOP president.

    Estes, a Wichita Republican serving the 4th District, said House action Wednesday was a “rushed, impeachment show trial.” He blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat, of amplifying division instead of seeking unity.

    “There have been no testimonies, no witnesses or sober deliberations. Bypassing standard House processes without a proper investigation turns an important constitutional provision created by the founders into a partisan stunt,” Estes said.

    Mann, elected in November in the 1st District of western Kansas, said he rejected impeachment because it would contribute to political division and chaos.

    “I will not oversee the slow decline of our nation, but instead will work to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We must pray for and build a better, stronger America,” he said.

    LaTurner, elected in the 2nd District in 2020, said Democrats were committed to ramming through a “divisive impeachment while simultaneously mobilizing ‘big tech’ to silence and demonize conservatives.”

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    Tim Carpenter
    Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.