Lance has lived in Olathe since 1979 and is a 1988 graduate of Olathe
South High School. He attended Wheaton College (Il) and the University
of Kansas School of Law. Lance served four years on active duty in the
U.S. Army JAG Corps, and is currently a partner in the Olathe law firm,
Schlagel, Gordon & Kinzer, LLC. You can view the firm's website here.
Lance and his wife Michelle have been married for 17 years and have
children, both of whom attend Olathe Public Schools, Michelle is a
teacher in the Olathe School District. Lance is the former Chairman of
the Olathe Republican Party (2001-2004), Regional Director of Sam
Brownback's 2004 Campaign, and a member of the Olathe Noon Rotary.
Lance is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee & serves on the House Elections Committee as well as the House Rules Committee. Lance is a Commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission and also serves on the Kansas Criminal Code Recodification Commission, the Kansas Judicial Council and the Kansas Judicial Council Advisory Committee on End of Life Issues. Lance has also previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas .
In 2005 Lance served as a member of the Attorney General's
Security and Firm Enforcement for Kansas (SAFE) Task Force and further
served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of
Kansas. Lance also serves as Chair of
Kansas Legislative Education and Research, Inc. (KLEAR). KLEAR is an
organization made up of approximately 70 members of the Kansas Legislature and
is committed to advancing the principles of limited government,
individual liberty, free enterprise and family values.
In December of 2006 Rep. Kinzer was selected by the
Kansas City Business Journal as a "Best of the Bar" award recipient.
This recognition is given on an annual basis to a select group of
attorneys chosen by their peers based up their respect within the legal
The Kansas Republican Assembly gave Rep. Kinzer its 2007 Courageous Conservative Award.
On February 26th, 2007 Charlene Bredemeier of the Kansas chapter of Eagle Forum presented Rep. Kinzer with Eagle Forum’s Eagle Award. Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly authorized the award in recognition of Rep. Kinzer’s “leadership in the battle for God, Home and Country.” For the past 35 years Eagle Forum has worked to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise.
A note from Lance:
"At a time of unprededented challenges, Kansas needs principled CONSERVATIVE leaders who will defend traditional values and stand up for taxpayers. As your State Representative, I am working to ensure that state government is limited, open, and accountable."