Jan Meyers was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984, after serving five years on the Overland Park City Council and 12 years in the Kansas Senate.
Jan served for 12 years as Congresswoman from the 3rd District in Kansas. She was Chairman of the Small Business Committee, the first woman to chair a full committee in the U.S. House in 20 years.
Jan also served on the International Relations Committee (subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East); and the Economic & Education Committee (subcommittee on Employer-Employee relations). Shortly after she won election to Congress in 1984, her freshman class chose Meyers to serve first as Vice President and then as President of her class.
During her service in the Kansas Senate from 1972 to 1984, Congresswoman Meyers held important leadership posts, including Chairman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee, Chairman of the Local Government Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Transportation and Utilities Committee.
As a member of the Overland Park City Council from 1967 to 1972, Meyers served as Council President, and was chairman of the Mid-American Regional Council of Greater Kansas City. Meyers was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities, and was the first woman elected president of the league of Kansas Municipalities in 1972.
The business community recognized Meyers for her strong record in support of free enterprise and small business. She received the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) every year of her service in the U.S. House. The Johnson County Farm Bureau presented Congresswomen Meyers with their Friend of Agriculture Award.
As a community volunteer, a City Councilwoman and a State Senator, Jan Meyers' honors and awards include the first Distinguished Legislators Award from the Kansas Association of Community Colleges, the Outstanding Elected Official of the Year Award from the Association of Community Mental Health Centers, the Outstanding Services Award from the Kansas Library Association, and the Woman of Achievement Matrix Award from the Women in Communications.
Congresswoman Meyers is an honors graduate of the University of Nebraska where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She graduated cum laude from William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, with an Association Degree in Fine Arts. In 1986, she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from William Woods and in 1993 an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas.
Her husband Dutch is a retired executive with KCTV-5. The Congresswoman and her husband have a daughter (Valerie), a son (Philip), and a granddaughter (Maria).