Garrett Love is a sixth generation Kansan and a lifelong Gray County resident, born
and raised on the same section of land that his great-great-grandfather settled over 100 years ago. Growing up on the family farm, Garrett learned early on the importance of hard work, strong Christian values, and small-town communities.

Garrett graduated from South Gray High School in Montezuma and was involved in a broad range of activities within the school and his community. He served in Vacation Bible School, tutoring and mentoring peers, and coaching & refereeing youth basketball teams. During high school, his leadership skills began to develop through his service as Senior Class President. He received many honors such as being named Valedictorian, an All-American Scholar, and the 2005 Kansas Wendy’s High School Heisman, given to the top male scholar-athlete in the state.

Upon graduating from high school in 2006, Garrett turned down opportunities from coastal schools desiring to stay in his home state. He accepted an offer to play basketball at Washburn University in Topeka. Garrett experienced many opportunities within the Topeka area while at Washburn. In the spring of his freshman year, Garrett developed a comprehensive business plan to meet a recognized need among the Washburn student body—quality & affordable textbooks. As a result, Love Book Sales sold textbooks to hundreds of Washburn students and later formed partnerships on other college campuses including Kansas State University and Southwest Baptist University. Because of this success, Garrett was nominated as the 2009 Kansas Young Entrepreneur of the Year. 

In the Spring of 2009, Garrett was elected Student Body President at Washburn University. During this time, Washburn experienced a $2 million budget shortfall. Through some of Garrett’s innovative recommendations in serving on a university budget committee, the school was able to overcome the shortfall without imposing large tuition increases on students like other state schools. Garrett was committed to the fact that success did not have to come at the expense of student & taxpayer pocketbooks. Garrett’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for busine
ss led him to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Management with a minor in Economics. Garrett graduated at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA.

Upon college graduation, Garrett ran for and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives after defeating a 24-year incumbent in the 2010 Republican primary by a two-to-one margin at the age of 22 years old. Upon former State Senator Tim Huelskamp being elected to the United State House of Representatives, Garrett was encouraged by many SW Kansas leaders to consider finishing out Congressman Huelskamp’s term in the State Senate. After some of these leaders formed a committee to recruit Garrett to run for the Senate seat, Garrett agreed to “serve where the people wanted him to serve” and put his name forward to the Republican precinct leaders who would make this decision. On December 27th, 2010, in a field of three candidates, Garrett received over 71% of the votes, making him the State Senator for the 38th District- the youngest State Senator in Kansas history.

In the summer of 2011, Garrett experienced his most exciting new change in that he married his best friend, Caley Love. Caley is originally from a small town, Rosalia, in the south-central part of the state and has loved being able to call Western Kansas home! Garrett and Caley met while at Washburn University and currently reside in Montezuma.

 

Love for Kansas

PO Box 1

Montezuma, KS 67867

Paid for by Love for Kansas

Gary Gillespie, Treasurer

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