Former state senator and cabinet secretary joins Kansans for Wind Energy as spokesperson

Karin Brownlee

OLATHE, Kan. – Four-term Kansas State Senator and former Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) Secretary Karin Brownlee has joined Kansans for Wind Energy, a group of businesses, civic leaders and supporters dedicated to promoting wind energy in Kansas, as its spokesperson and advocate.

“We are thrilled to have Karin join our team,” said Richard Martin, grassroots director for Kansans for Wind Energy. “Her leadership, business acumen and government affairs experience will help our mission of advancing the wind industry in Kansas. She is a conservative with a reputation for bridge-building who will help Kansans for Wind grow its grassroots support and further establish Kansas as a state in which wind energy is recognized as a domestic, sustainable and competitive energy resource contributing to the state’s economic growth and prosperity.”

As spokesperson for Kansans for Wind Energy, Brownlee will advocate on behalf of the organization. She will travel across the state and meet with grassroots supporters in Kansas who already number in excess of 5,000.

“This is an exciting time for wind energy in Kansas,” Brownlee said. “Kansas ranks ninth in overall wind installation nationally with the potential to provide more than 90 times the state’s current electricity needs.”

During Brownlee’s 2011-2012 tenure at KDOL, she streamlined processes, realizing a 35 percent annual cost savings, tripled calls answered in the unemployment insurance call center within a two-month time period and led efforts to revise worker’s compensation statutes.

Brownlee was elected to the Kansas Senate representing constituents of the 23rd district from 1997-2011. She was the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee chair for nine years, served as the Kansas Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee vice-chair and was on the governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Also as senator, she promoted legislation for the Intermodal development in southwest Johnson County, advocated for the Kansas Economic Growth Act, including the Kansas Bioscience Authority, negotiated STAR bond legislation for the Village West and other Kansas developments and was the sole sponsor of incentives to attract the Kansas Speedway.

Brownlee has served in many local groups, including local chambers of commerce, Rotary Clubs, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop board, the Johnson County Criminal Justice Advisory Council and was most recently appointed by the Johnson County Commission to the Public Square Community Steering Committee. She graduated from KansasStateUniversity with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.

About Kansans for Wind Energy

Kansans for Wind Energy is a group of businesses, civic leaders and supporters dedicated to promoting wind energy in Kansas. We believe wind energy is a vital component needed for a strong and vibrant Kansas economy. For more information on Kansans for Wind Energy and how wind energy is propelling our state into the future, visit