Former Kansas Senate President Steve Morris (R-Hugoton) was born in Garden City. He is a retired Air Force Pilot and semi-retired farmer who served as Kansas Senate President from 2004-2012 and represented Southwest Kansas in the Senate for 12 years before that. He defeated an incumbent Democrat to win his first term in the legislature, but went on to build a legacy marked by bipartisanship and consensus building, until the infamous Brownback Tax Experiment rocked the legislature - and the state - and he was defeated in his primary election. Steve also represented Kansas on a national level, and served as Board President for the National Conference of State Legislatures, and helped found the Kansas Values Institute and the Save Kansas Coalition.
For more on Steve, watch this interview with the Kansas Oral History Project.