B.S. in Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University
KEY HEALTH LINK
Mann’s priority for health care will be protecting access to quality health care for rural America.
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 2018-2019
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Mann received 54% of the vote to win the four-candidate GOP primary. Mann previously ran for the Republican nomination in the Kansas 1st district in 2010, placing third in the GOP primary.
Roger Marshall (R), declined re-election to run for U.S. Senate
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
Mann is the managing director and principal of Newmark Grubb Zimmer, a commercial real estate company located in Kansas City. He also owns a farm in Quinter, KS. Prior to politics, Mann was senior program director for the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values. In 1997, Mann served as an intern for then-Rep. Jerry Moran. Two weeks after Jeff Colyer ascended to the office of Governor of Kansas, Mann was appointed to serve as Colyer’s Lieutenant Governor in February 2018. He served for one year.
On The Issues
Mann is in favor of individuals taking precautions against the coronavirus, but encourages a wide reopening of economic activity. He said he is "skeptical" of passing any additional COVID-19 aid that he considers a “blue state bailout,” citing the size of the federal debt. He wants to ensure that the CARES Act does not unduly burden health care providers and hospitals with arduent federal accounting requirements.
Mann says he "rejects" the ACA and endorses a free market approach to health insurance. He wants to strengthen Medicare funding and stated in an interview that, "...due to Obamacare's financial ramifications, [Medicare] has been robbed of roughly $800 billion in the ten years since the law has passed." He supports coverage for pre-existing conditions and expanding use of health savings accounts. He wants insurance companies to compete across state lines and have total cost transparency.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
As lieutenant governor, Mann was part of the governor's substance abuse task force and visited a number of mental and behavioral health facilities in Kansas.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Mann is pro-life and opposes taxpayer funding for abortions.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Mann lists supporting a strong rural hospital network and rural access to primary care physicians as key health care priorities. He does not think the 340B program needs changed. He would also like to see new rural hospital categorization options to give more flexibility to received Medicare and Medicaid funds. He is highly supportive of telehealth adoption and appropriate reimbursement.
DID YOU KNOW?
Mann was the fifth generation to live in his family’s farmhouse, a house which his great-great-grandfather ordered from a Montgomery Ward catalogue in the early 1900s. He was part of seven state championship teams in high school including football, track, quiz bowl and parliamentary procedure.