Salina, Kansas , United States
Jun 05, 2018 02:09am
|Info||A fifth generation Kansan, Tracey Mann was born and raised on his family farm in Quinter, Kansas. His great-great-grandfather on his mother’s side of the family, John Winger, established a farm in Stanton County in 1886 and his great-great-grandfather on his father’s side, Mathew Mann, settled and began to farm in Gove County in the spring of 1902. As a child and young man, Tracey learned the value of hard work by laboring in the fields and feed yard with his grandfather, father, and brother. Like many Kansas ag producers, he spent countless hours on the tractor and combine and worked thousands of head of cattle; and he still returns home to help with harvest. Some of his fondest memories of those days were working cattle with his family on Saturday afternoons while listening to K-State football on the radio. |
At Quinter High School, Tracey was part of seven state championship teams including football, track, quiz bowl, and parliamentary procedure. His senior year, he was elected by his peers to serve as FFA president and student council president. At Kansas State University, he served as Student Body President. Under his leadership, the KSU Student Government was named the top student government in the country by the National Association for Campus Activities. Also during that time, he had the privilege of interning in Washington, D.C., serving in Congressman Jerry Moran’s office. He later graduated with a bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics. Most importantly, at K-State he learned many valuable lessons in leadership and formed close friendships that are still strong to this day.
It was during this time that Tracey met his future wife, Audrey Haynes, who was then attending Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. After college, he spent two years working in Washington, D.C. for the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values; assisting members of the House of Representatives and the United States Senate to envision, plan, and establish leadership conferences and programs throughout the United States for college student leaders. He was responsible for teaching leadership principles to students at national, regional, and state events throughout the country.
Although they enjoyed their time in D.C., Tracey and Audrey were married and were eager to move back home to Kansas. Realizing that the family farm at the time could not support both he and his brother, Tracey started a career in commercial real estate. Since the start of that career he has served on the Board of Directors of many Kansas groups including: Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, and The City Teen Center in Salina. He also serves on the advisory board for Legacy Financial and the loan committee for First National Bank with locations in Garden City, Johnson, and Syracuse. Now, he is excited to serve the great state of Kansas as Lt. Governor.
As a businessman and commercial real estate agent he assists companies looking to expand and grow; and he believes those experiences and insights will be invaluable as he and Governor Colyer continue to focus on growing the state and working together to create jobs. As Lt. Governor, he is ready to work tirelessly to make Kansas a place that his children want to stay and continue their lives when they grow up.