U.S. Rep. Tracey Mann to hold town hall in Lawrence

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U.S. Rep. Tracey Mann, the Republican who represents the “Big First” district of Kansas in Congress, is heading to Lawrence for a town hall Monday morning.

Mann will hear from constituents at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., according to an email from The Chamber of Lawrence Kansas.

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“We were pleased to have the Congressman join us at last week’s Chamber Annual Dinner. He and his team have been very responsive to our requests for meetings with both The Chamber and City leaders,” Hugh Carter, the Chamber’s vice president of external affairs, wrote in the email.

No registration is required to attend the event.

Lawrence and parts of north-central Douglas County are now part of Mann’s district, though most of the county is not.

In the 2022 redistricting process, Kansas legislators gerrymandered Lawrence into District 1, which stretches west to the Colorado border. (The Kansas Supreme Court has signed off on the new maps, though the American Civil Liberties Union continues to challenge them.)

The remainder of Douglas County is in District 2, represented by Jake LaTurner.

A map produced by Republicans in the House and Senate places Lawrence in the 1st District, which stretches to the Colorado border. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Reps. LaTurner, Ron Estes and Mann, all Republicans, won reelection in November. LaTurner, Estes and Mann and U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall voted in January 2021 against certifying the election of President Joe Biden, Kansas Reflector reported.

More recently in Washington, D.C., Mann voted against federal legislation strengthening legal protection for same-sex and interracial marriages, the Reflector reported.

In addition, 10 Republican congressmen from Oklahoma and Kansas registered their disapproval of protections for the lesser prairie chicken, trying to overturn the ruling on the grounds that it would be bad for the agriculture and oil and gas industries, the Kansas Reflector reported Wednesday. Sens. Marshall and Moran, along with Reps. Estes, LaTurner and Mann were part of the action. Moran, Marshall and Mann also condemned the listing when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first issued it.

Mann was also selected Wednesday to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Subcommittee on Aviation, and Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, according to a press release on his website.

If you can’t make it to Monday’s town hall, information on how to contact Mann is available at this link.

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Note: The date for the town hall has been corrected in this post.

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