Welcome Toni Porter!

Toni Porter is already well-known to many of our Chamber members who will be pleased to learn that she has joined our organization as a part-time Project Manager on the Government Relations staff. Toni recently left her full-time position as District Director for

Toni Porter brings a wealth of experience to her Government Relations position with the Chamber.

Toni Porter brings a wealth of experience to her Government Relations position with the Chamber.

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo’s organization to explore new career opportunities. She is temporarily filling a Chamber vacancy left on the team with Jaime Dupy’s promotion earlier this month to Manager of Investor Relations.

Toni has enjoyed the smooth transition to her new position. She said, “I couldn’t have felt more welcomed on my first day at the Chamber. Since the Chamber works so closely with elected officials, I was already familiar with many of the staff and had visited the offices on many occasions. It’s a great opportunity to utilize my business background and my government experience.” Earlier in her career Toni worked in corporate communications and in the real estate market.

Barby Jobe, Vice President of Government Relations for the Chamber, is pleased to be working with someone who has so much expertise to share with Chamber members and staff.  “Because of her extensive network, Toni was able to begin contributing to our advocacy work on her first day at the Chamber. I’ve always been impressed with her professionalism and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to work with her.”

Kansas Legislature Begins 2014 Session Today

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The 2014 Kansas Legislature convenes this afternoon and the Chamber will once again be advocating for a better business environment that promotes investment, innovation, and job creation. Dan Voorhis of The Wichita Eagle sat down with the Chamber’s Vice President of Government Relations, Barby Jobe, and Director of Government Relations, Jason Watkins (pictured), last week to review the Chamber’s successes from the 2013 session. His article was published January 8 and included a review of what to expect in the 2014 session. The Chamber’s website has more detailed information about the 2013 Legislative wins and the 2014 Legislative Agenda.

Jason Watkins will once again be publishing a weekly recap of legislative activities. These electronic updates are posted on the Chamber’s website or Chamber members can sign up to receive them via email every Friday afternoon by contacting Cindy Reves at the Information Desk.

The Chamber is offering two opportunities for members to meet and network with elected officials during the first half of the year. Check the Chamber website later this week for more information about these events:

  • February 11: Topeka Legislative Reception  
  • June 9-11: 2014 Washington Fly-In

The Wichita Eagle has also published a helpful guide with information about how to track legislation, lobby a legislator, view campaign contributions, and tour the Capitol. For more information about the Chamber’s government relations goals and roles, you can review the Legislative brochure that was published last year.