Representative-elect Mann announces senior staff hires

Aaron Anders
Salina Journal

Tracey Mann, representative-elect for Kansas' 1st Congressional District, has announced his senior staff that will start in their official capacity on Jan. 3, 2021.

Congressman-elect Mann expressed his excitement for the team, “We are working hard to assemble a top-tier team who will represent the values of the Big First. We are ready get to work and take some Kansas common sense to Washington.”

The Chief of Staff for Tracey Mann will be Brandon Harder from Haven. Harder has worked in and around the Kansas Congressional Delegation for over a decade. He served as Sen. Jerry Moran’s Agriculture and Trade Adviser and then served Chairman Moran at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where he helped Republicans regain control of the U.S. Senate. Harder has spent the last six years representing agriculture, trade and regulatory issues on Capitol Hill.

Harder is a native of the Big First, where he grew up on a hay and cattle operation before attending Kansas State University where he earned a degree in Animal Science. He and his wife Kristina will split time between Washington, D.C., and Kansas.

Harder said: “There has never been a more critical time to have strong representation in Washington, D.C. Congressman-elect Mann is bringing the leadership our country needs to the U.S. House. I am honored to join the team and excited to serve the Big First once again.”

The District Director for Tracey Mann will be Reid Petty of Liberal. Petty's background includes working for Seward County Broadcasting, serving on the USD 480 Board of Education in Liberal, teaching, serving in the Kansas House of Representatives, working as the Legislative and Public Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas Department of Transportation in Topeka, and most recently working as U.S. Senator Jerry Moran's Southwest Kansas District Director in Garden City.

Petty attended the University of Kansas, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Petty is married to Hannah, and they have a one-year old son named Nicholas.

"I am excited to join Congressman-elect Tracey Mann as his District Director. Congressman-elect Mann has a true passion to fight for Kansas values in Washington at a time that we most need it. I look forward to going to work every day to better the lives of all Kansans," said Petty.