Ron Estes was sworn in January 10th, 2011, as the 39th treasurer of the state of Kansas.
As state treasurer Estes oversees an office that currently handles over $24 billion and an annual operating budget of $3.5 million. Key programs in the office are Bonds Services, Cash Management, Unclaimed Property, the Ag Loan and Housing Loan Deposit Programs and the Kansas 529 Education Savings Program, which has more than 185,000 accounts with total assets exceeding $ 4.6 billion. The treasurer’s office is a fee-funded agency. In his role as treasurer, Estes also serves as a member of the Kansas Public Employee's Retirement System (KPERS) and the Pooled Money Investment Board.
Ron Estes is the first statewide elected official from the City of Wichita in 20 years. He was originally elected Sedgwick county treasurer in 2004 and was re-elected to that position in 2008. In 2010 he was elected as Kansas state treasurer and re-elected for a second term in 2014. During his time in office Estes has worked to improve operating efficiencies, provide quality customer service and save taxpayers money.
Estes’ work as state treasurer has also extended to several national capacities where he has had the opportunity to represent the state of Kansas. He was elected to serve as Midwest Regional Vice President for the National Association of State Treasurers from 2011-2012, and now currently serves as their Legislative Committee Chair. Additionally, he serves as a member of the College Savings Plans Network Executive Board and the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators Executive Committee.
Prior to his career as an elected official, Estes worked in several different industries in consulting and management roles. These industries include aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, and several other manufacturing and service corporations. Through his work he successfully implemented a variety of different financial and other computer systems that improved efficiencies. Estes also analyzed and improved business processes by utilizing concepts to eliminate errors, streamline procedures, and improve customer relations while cutting costs.
Estes holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Business Administration, both from Tennessee Technological University. He has served as the Treasurer for the Kansas County Treasurer's Association and has also held several positions in the Republican Party, serving as the state party vice chairman most recently. Ron was born in Topeka and is a 5th generation Kansan. Ron and his wife, Susan, have three children.
Current as of 1 June 2015