Meet Mike

"Thank you for visiting our campaign website. In our senate campaign, we intend to build a commonsense coalition to restore a culture of honesty, fairness, and responsibility in government. We invite all Kansans, regardless of party or ideology, to recommit ourselves to the common cause of improving people's lives. Together, we can establish Kansas politics as a model of politics done right." -Mike

Mike Bruner's first taste of politics came as a nine-year-old growing up in Western Kansas, following the 1960 presidential election. The Kennedy years, along with the civil rights movement, instilled a lifelong idealism and a sense of justice and purpose. In 1972, Mike moved to Emporia to attend what was then called the Kansas State Teachers' College. In August 1977, Mike moved to Humboldt to begin what became a 40-year teaching career at Chanute High School. In addition to teaching, Mike was active in the Kansas National Education Association, serving in several positions at the local, regional, and state level. Mike has also been active in Democratic Party politics; for the last five years, he's served as the chair of the Allen County Democratic Party.

Mike's career has also included work with various other professional organizations, including serving on the board of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies. He also served as the first president of the Kansas Council of History Education. Mike served on the History Standards Writing Committee for the Kansas State Department of Education on three separate occasions, and more recently has served as a consultant and trainer for professional development in the history education field with several school districts across the country, along with programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Mike lives in Humboldt with his wife, Glenda, in the same house they raised their three children in.