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 184,000 accounts with total assets of over $4.4 billion. The Treasurer's office is a fee-funded agency. As State 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. During his time in office Estes has saved taxpayers money by returning $1.5 Million to the Sedgwick County general fund.
Prior to his election to Sedgwick County Treasurer, Ron worked in several different industries in consulting and management roles. These industries include aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, and several other manufacturing and service industries. He has successfully implemented a variety of different financial and other computer systems that have improved efficiency. He also analyzed and improved business processes utilizing concepts to eliminate errors and streamline procedures. Ron has extensive experience in improving customer service and focusing on operation improvement and cost cutting.
Estes holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Business Administration, both from Tennessee Technological University.
Ron has served as the Treasurer for the Kansas County Treasurer's Association, was elected to serve as the Midwest Regional Vice President for the National Association of State Treasurers 2011-2012, and now serves on the College Savings Plans Network Executive Board. He has also held several positions in the Republican Party most recently serving as the state party vice chairman. Ron was born in Topeka and is a 5th generation Kansan. His family continues to run a farm in Osage County. Ron and his wife, Susan, have three children.