West Point grad, Iraqi veteran, business leader selected by Svaty as running mate for Lt. Governor

May 16, 2018

(Topeka, Kan.) – Josh Svaty today announced his choice of Katrina Lewison of Manhattan, Kan., as his running mate for Lt. Governor of Kansas. Lewison, born and raised in Hutchinson and Buhler, Kan., is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the 101st Airborne Division as a Black Hawk helicopter platoon leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lewison then commanded an aviation company of American and Korean soldiers in South Korea. She concluded her 15 years in the Army teaching cadets at West Point as part of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program in conjunction with Columbia University.


After her Army career concluded, Katrina moved back home to Kansas. She has worked for two of the fastest-growing companies in America, GTM Sportswear and CivicPlus. She is currently the director of consulting & training at CivicPlus in Manhattan, Kan., a company offering products and services that help local governments better communicate with their citizens. She holds graduate degrees in both public policy and organizational psychology & leadership. In 2017, Katrina was elected to the USD 383 Board of Education and serves on three committees, including strategic planning. Katrina is married to her West Point classmate, Tyler. They have three daughters: Marlena, Elsa and Ida.


“Katrina Lewison represents the best of who we are as Kansans,” said Josh Svaty. “She’s a natural born leader who has been a true public servant throughout her life. Whether it was as a Black Hawk platoon leader, teaching leadership at West Point or today directing teams at CivicPlus to help make local government work better, Katrina Lewison understands how to work with others and get real results. This is the type of leadership our state needs and Katrina Lewison is the type of leader I want in my administration. I am proud she has agreed to be my running mate and join me on this mission to reclaim and relaunch Kansas.”


“It is an honor to be joining Josh Svaty in this critical campaign to shape the future direction of Kansas for generations,” said Katrina Lewison. “I grew up in Kansas. The values I learned here shaped who I am and have guided me throughout my career. After our military service, my husband Tyler and I moved back to Kansas so our kids could have the same positive environment I experienced growing up. We wanted to find meaningful ways to contribute our time and effort to community and state. My decision to join Josh as his running mate is a tremendous opportunity to get involved and help make our state the best it can be,” Lewison said.


“As I have traveled our great state for the past year, Kansans have told me it is time for a change in Topeka,” Svaty said. “It’s more than just simply changing the names on the door. Kansans are ready for real change. They are tired of divisive and negative politics. They are tired of the secrecy. They are tired of what has become business as usual that results in bad policies that do little to improve the lives of most Kansans.”


“Kansans want change that makes their lives and their families’ lives better,” Svaty said. “They want leaders who will listen because they care about them. They want leaders who will work with other leaders at all levels of government regardless of political philosophy. In other words, Kansans want leaders who will represent the values they hold dear – honesty, strong work ethic and authenticity. This is the kind of governor I will be and it is the kind of leader Katrina Lewison has been and will be as our next lt. governor.”

“Here is what we are going to do if elected.


We will fix the KanCare mess and expand Medicaid.


We will find a way to remove sales tax from food.


We will fairly pay our teachers and we will properly fund education at all levels in Kansas.


We will not let our children who are in trouble become statistics. We will do better for these kids; whether it is those who are sick, or have disabilities, or who have been separated from or abandoned by their families, or those who have run into trouble with the law. Our moral compass will not be compromised. 


We will make sure promised highway projects are completed and we will make sure that rebuilding our roads includes a clear focus on deteriorating bridges throughout our state.


We will renew our call for the creation – by Statute or by the passage of Constitutional amendment if necessary – of an independent state auditor.


And we will begin the task of restoring the image of Kansas as the state where freedom rang in 1861; where the drive toward school desegregation began and a place where people are welcome to live their lives as they want to live them. This is the Kansas that will attract the kind of business we need to grow our state, create jobs and expand our tax base,” Svaty said.


“Above all, Katrina and I, along with our entire administration, will stay on the road listening to Kansans and keep everyone up to date on what is going on in Topeka. It will be a new day of openness in state government. We will shine a light on anyone trying to do the state’s business after hours away from public view. We can no longer assume the people who are in Topeka today will change their ways. This is what Kansans want and it is what we will deliver if elected,” said Svaty.


Read Josh's statement on his running mate


Read Katrina's statement on joining the Svaty team

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