BY TRIBUNE STAFF
WASHINGTON D.C. — Electing a congressional delegation with four new members wasn’t the only thing Kansas voters did in the November 2010 elections. They also gave a career boost to a recent Kansas State University graduate and Hoisington native Wayne Stoskopf.
"It’s fast-paced and ever changing," said Stoskopf. "It is a good environment."
Stoskopf is a May 2010 graduate in agribusiness from Kansas State University and took advantage of internships to lead him to his current job. Stoskopf served as an intern in summer 2009 for Jerry Moran, then the state’s 1st District congressman. During Moran’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Stoskopf was a field director in central Kansas. He has since transitioned into a new role as a staff assistant for Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who represents Kansas’ 2nd District. In addition to constituent services such as co-ordinating tours of the capitol, Stoskopf advises Jenkins on agricultural policy. This role is especially important given that Jenkins is a member of the House trade subcommittee.
"It allows her to be a strong advocate for Kansas agriculture," Stoskopf said. "I’m excited about continuing to assist her as she works to open more trade markets for agriculture producers. As a K-State College of Agriculture graduate, this is a perfect fit for me."
He also credits leadership experiences at Kansas State University as good preparation for working in Washington, D.C. Stoskopf was active in the Student Governing Association, serving as student body vice president in 2009-10. He also was a member of Blue Key, the senior leadership honorary, and other student organizations.
"My interactions with K-State administration and faculty developed my skill set and the knowledge base that I use constantly," he said.
He also credits his time in debate at Hoisington High School as a stepping stone to his success. "I learned a lot from Randy Willis’ guidance," Stoskopf said. "I learned a lot about governmental policy."
He was involve in debate, forensics, National Honor Society, student council, cross-country, tennis and 4-H.
For those that would like to follow in his career path, Stoskopf advises paying attention to what is going on in the world and work hard. He started on Capital Hill in January.
He is the son of Mary Ann and Dean Stoskopf who own a farm. Mary Ann said, "It’s a great opportunity for him. (Washington D.C.) is a greqt place for young people."