Name: Steve Six

Age: 44

Political Party: Democrat

Hometown: Lawrence, KS

Political Experience: Attorney General

Name: Steve Six
Age: 44
Political Party: Democrat
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Political Experience: Attorney General

1. A multi-state lawsuit was immediately filed after the signing of the federal health care bill earlier this year. The suit contends that forcing Americans to purchase health insurance from private insurers violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Kansas did not participate. Please explain why you agree/disagree with the lawsuit.

Fraud and abuse of our healthcare system drive up costs for everyone, that is why I take seriously my role in prosecuting Medicaid fraud. Since taking office, I’ve collected double what all previous AGs combined had collected, increasing fraud collections from around $1 million in 2006 to over $21 million last year.
These are the results you get when you take political agendas out of the office and focus on public service. Following a thorough legal analysis, I determined that there were no constitutional defects with the new healthcare law. In a time of severe budget shortfalls, the last thing we should be contemplating is diverting taxpayer money away from going after Medicaid fraud and into a political lawsuit with little to no chance of success. Kansans don’t like costly lawsuits - especially costly lawsuits based on politics. Kansas can’t return to a time when the Attorney General was more focused on his political agenda than protecting Kansans.

2. Explain why you are the best qualified for the position you are seeking.

I have the honor of being endorsed by the Kansas Fraternal Order of Police. I am the only candidate in the race that has had the honor of arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court. I am also the only candidate in the race that has personally prosecuted murderers. Prior to becoming Attorney General, I practiced law for over 12 years first as a private attorney and then as a district court judge in Douglas County. I am a prosecutor, not a politician.
Almost three years ago, I accepted the challenge of serving as Attorney General because I saw an office in crisis. Unfortunately, the role of the Attorney General in protecting Kansans can be pushed aside when career politicians seek the office.
I have demonstrated that the office can be independent, justice can be fair, and an Attorney General with the right priorities can be aggressive in protecting Kansans. We’ve set records protecting Kansans from consumer fraud and going after those who cheat the Medicaid program. I’m running to build on that record of success and to achieve even more over the next four years.