Caryn Tyson is not afraid to address critical issues as a Second Congressional District candidate. Tyson, who has served in the Kansas Legislature for eight years, six as a state Senator, does not hide what position she takes on the issues.
“In my time in the Kansas Legislature, my commitment is to my constituents,” Tyson, who lives on a ranch in Parker, said. “I have campaign platform I campaigned on. You should stick to that. I am tired of people that will tell you one thing to get elected and then put their finger up in the wind to decide which way to vote. You told your constituents how you were going to vote. I send out a weekly update during [the legislative] session explaining how and why I voted on key [issues]. I need to hear from them and they need to hear from me.”
Tyson has a rich Kansas history. She is Kansas born with Kansas values, she said. If elected, Tyson said she will take Kansas, common-sense values to Washington D.C.
“We need citizen legislators that represent us,” Tyson said. “The job is representing your district. I have not signed commitments to other groups. You go up there to be a part of the solution. If you stay too long, you become part of the problem. I am going to take your voice to Washington D.C. That is who I am.”
Tyson received a Kansas education from start to finish. She earned a master’s degree in Engineering Science from the University of Kansas and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Math from Kansas State University.
Tyson said her diverse background would serve her well in Congress.
“I have a proven track record in business and also in the Kansas Legislature,” Tyson said. “Those two items with my diverse background are what we need in Washington D.C. We need somebody that is going to support President Trump’s agenda. Stop stalling, start debating and get it done. I am a strong candidate and would be a strong representative for the Congressional Second District.”
Tyson, who owns a cattle ranch with her husband, Tim, was endorsed this week by Kansas Farm Bureau.
“Agriculture is an essential part of the Kansas economy and it is an essential part of my life,” she said. “I’m proud to be a rancher, proud to be a Kansan, and proud to be endorsed be the Kansas Farm Bureau. I’m truly honored by their support and look forward to being a champion for Kansas’ farmers and ranchers in Congress.”
Tyson, who visited all 25 counties in the district numerous times since announcing her candidacy, has a good feel for the district’s residents, she said.
“I appreciate them looking at the issues,” Tyson said. “I had a good feel for them before I got into this race. The individuals have so many issues on their mind that need to be addressed,”
Tyson said those issues include infrastructure — which includes highways, bridges and broadband — taxes, healthcare, illegal immigration, security and cyber security.
Tyson said Kansas could be a hub for Information Technology jobs. Businesses off-shored those jobs, Tyson said, and she would like to bring them to Kansas.
“Kansas could be the on-shore location for IT jobs,” she said. “We have great schools and great educations. Let’s take advantage of it and create an industry here.”
Tyson said highways such as K-68, U.S. 169 and 69 need improvements and would work to bring a matching grant system to improve those roads and others in Kansas.
“In my state legislative capacity, I never voted to remove from KDOT projects,” she said. “Our infrastructure is critical. We need infrastructure to support our businesses and schools. It is all tied together. We say ‘rural is the backbone of Kansas and America,’ and infrastructure is part of that backbone.”
Improved broadband is a need, especially in small-town and rural America.
“Broadband has become such an issue with agriculture and telemedicine,” Tyson said. “You can have jobs over the internet now. We have so many regulations and bureaucracy that we stifle business and innovation. Government does not create jobs, businesses and individuals create jobs.”
She said President Obama’s administration wanted to put an age limit of being at least 16 to work on farms.
“In rural Kansas, we start working much younger than that,” Tyson said. “It teaches us good work ethic, family values and Kansas values. In fourth grade, I was sweeping floors at the locker plant. It did teach me the value of work.”
Tyson’s background in computers, business management and NASA gives her insight on the cyber security issues.
“We need somebody that understands about writing legislation to help protect us and enforcement after that,” she said. “We need to address our cyber security vulnerabilities.”
Tyson said Kansas is as vulnerable as anywhere in the nation. She said the FBI investigated a Kansas business which had its computer system hacked by the Chinese.
“The FBI monitored the servers for a couple of weeks,” Tyson said. “It impacts us in Kansas. They were using those servers to jump U.S. computers and hack into other systems.”
Tyson said illegal immigration is a huge problem that costs taxpayers billions of dollars.
“We need to fix our immigration program so we allow legal migrant workers to come into the nation,” she said. “It is a security risk and a financial drain.”
She said those that are in the U.S. illegally are impacting representation in government at all levels. She said the U.S. census counts residents not citizenship.
“When redistricting is done, U.S. House seats are decided, it is based off that U.S. census,” Tyson said. “Even when the locals use the census to decide their districts, it is impacting your representation. We need to represent our citizens and one way we can do that is by addressing the U.S. census by asking the question, ‘Are you a U.S. citizen?’”
Parents should not be separated from their children at the border, Tyson said.
“They can take them off to a military location, a holding facility, and then decide if they should be allowed in the country or be deported,” Tyson said.
Tyson said healthcare needs less government intervention.
“Allow the market to produce products that individuals can decide what their needs are for their healthcare,” Tyson said. “One of my big issues is we need government out of the room between you and your doctor. Obamacare put government in that room. Government should not be deciding your healthcare.”
Tyson said a couple of issues she will address are allowing pre-existing conditions and 26 year olds to stay on family policies.
“Let’s address the problems and not throw a blanket healthcare mandate,” she said. “We are supposed to be about freedom and choices. Healthcare costs and expenses is one of the major [causes] for bankruptcy for individuals. We had one of the best healthcare systems in the world and we are slowly eroding that away.”
Tyson said veterans should have the option of receiving care at the local clinic or hospital instead of the Veterans Affairs hospitals.
Tyson fought to keep Kansas taxes in check during her state legislative career, she said. She spent the past few years as the chair of the Senate’s tax committee.
“We do need to simplify our tax code,” she said. “The 2017 tax reform was a step in that direction. We also need to make that legislation permanent. Look at what it has done to our economy, we are booming. Let’s make that permanent and then address the fair and level playing field in our tax code and simplification. We waste so much money as a government and then we turn around and ask the taxpayers to pick up the bill. We should be cutting costs and wasteful spending before we come to the taxpayers. Kansas taxpayers are at the max. They are getting hit from all directions.”