Congressional representatives are back in their districts for a work session, which gives Up to Date the perfect opportunity to catch up with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) and Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3).
Wednesday on the program Steve Kraske talks with the congressmen about how redistricting has affected their respective constituencies, their thoughts on President Obama’s support of gay marriage, how funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan is progressing through Congress, and more.
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Emanuel Cleaver II is a United Methodist pastor and is serving his fourth term as U.S. representative for Missouri's 5th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and in January 2010 became chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Having served for twelve years on the city council of Missouri’s largest municipality, Kansas City, Cleaver was elected as the city’s first African American mayor in 1991. Cleaver, a native of Texas, is married to the former Dianne Donaldson. They have made Kansas City home for themselves and their four children.
Kevin Yoder is the U.S. Representative for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District. He serves on House subcommittees for Financial Services and General Government, Military Constructions and Veterans Affairs, and Commerce, Justice and Science. He is a member of the Republican Party, and was the Kansas state representative for the 20th District from 2002 until 2011. Yoder is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he received political science, English and law degrees. He lives in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife Brooke.