Meet the Chair
Joan Wagnon was elected state party chair in February, 2011, only a few weeks after she retired as the Secretary of Revenue for the state of Kansas. During her eight year tenure at the Department of Revenue she was active in many professional organizations and served as chair of the Multistate Tax Commission and president of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. Wagnon has been active in Kansas politics for many years. She served as a state legislator for 12 years (1983-1994) and was the only woman ever elected as Mayor of Topeka (1997-2001). Before moving to the Department of Revenue, Wagnon served as president of Central National Bank, Topeka. A former executive director of Kansas Families for Kids and of the Topeka YWCA, she has also been a schoolteacher and medical researcher. In addition to her work with the Kansas Democratic Party, Wagnon serves as treasurer of the National Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts USA and is an active Rotarian.