Dynamic Leadership in the Military

Will's leadership experience began eighteen years ago when he joined the U. S. Army as a mechanized infantryman. After serving on active duty, he attended Central Missouri State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Military Science, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While in college, Will continued his service in the Army National Guard. In April of 1998, Will joined F Company 158th Aviation, U.S. Army Reserve as a Second Lieutenant.

Will spent from March of 2003 to April 2004 leading men and women in a combat zone. As the leader of his Company's ground convoy into Iraq and while serving as an Air Mission Commander, his decisions have been responsible for hundreds of soldier's lives. Will has flown soldiers in risky missions and in dangerous areas. Currently, Will serves in the Missouri National Guard.

Fighting For Missouri Businesses

During his time in the Missouri State Senate, Will Kraus made businesses a priority. He has been an advocate for small businesses by sponsoring legislation to exempt them from Department of Revenue policy changes, as well as authoring Missouri's first tax rate cut in over 90 years. Will understands how vital it is to provide an environment where businesses can grow and succeed.

Positive Leadership in Our Community

Will and his wife, Carmen, have been continually involved in our community. Carmen has worked at First Baptist Raytown, in the Recreation Outreach Ministry for ten years and is now the Mission Coordinator. You will find Will and Carmen serving our community in many venues; from basketball courts to street fairs, from serving meals in local churches to attending fundraisers for local not for profits. Carmen is also the before and after school director at Summit Christian Academy.

Will has coached upward basketball and upward soccer, where he enjoys teaching values like teamwork and sportsmanship to his players. Will takes pride in being a veteran as an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also serves as a member of the Lee's Summit and Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. Will believes in giving back to his community by being an active participant in education, service, and business.

Ethical Leadership in the Legislature

As a Representative, Will has focused on implementing real solutions for Missouri's problems. Will states, "I believe providing our children with a quality education should be the state's number one priority." He will continue to fight for more education funding for our schools. A strong defender of our children, Will led an effort to strengthen child sex offender laws.

Moreover, Will wants to make sure our taxes are used for the purposes that they were intended. He will fight for accountability in our government and fight to cut waste. Another priority of his is to bring jobs and economic development to our area. He wants to encourage new business and will work hard to ensure we attract high quality jobs with great pay and benefits.

Will sponsored and passed legislation to provide a state income tax exemption on military retirement pay. In addition, he works to find solutions to help seniors such as freezing property tax increases on seniors with fixed incomes.

Will is constantly looking out for Missouri voters. He sponsored legislation to make it easier for deployed military to vote, and he is also leading the efforts to pass a voter identification law in Missouri.

In everything that he does, Will brings sound conservative principles and a dedication to ethical standards of legislative conduct.

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