Shawnee, Kansas , United States
|| December 31, 1959
Dec 14, 2015 04:12am
|Info||Phill Kline is a fifth-generation Kansan who was sworn in as the 41st Attorney General in Kansas history on January 13, 2003. |
Born in Kansas City, Kansas, less than nine miles from where his great-great grandfather settled in the Old Quindaro Township in 1870, Phill Kline was one of five children raised by a single parent.
A graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kline attended Central Missouri State University on a
wrestling scholarship. After receiving degrees in political science and public relations, he attended the University of Kansas School of Law where he earned his law degree in 1987.
Phill Kline practiced law full time as a litigator with the Kansas City firm Blackwell Sanders until he was elected to represent Shawnee in the Kansas House of Representatives in 1992.
Phill Kline served as chairman of the House Taxation Committee for three years and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee for one year during his eight yearas in the House.
As Attorney General, Kline assigned a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent to represent his office in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crimes Task Force to focus on the growing problem of online sexual exploitation of Kansas children. He also joined representatives from thirteen southeast Kansas law enforcement, health care, and social services agencies to establish the Drug Endangered Children Program to address the multitude of problems that occur when children are exposed to dangerous conditions as a result of illicit drug use, sales, or manufacturing.
Attorney General Kline formed the Vulnerable Adults Task Force (VATF) to protect the elderly and the physically and developmentally disabled citizens of Kansas from unscrupulous businesses and scam artists and the Consumer Protection Emergency Response Team (CPERT) to protect citizens immediately following devastation caused by natural disasters.
In response to the growing problem of criminals simply walking away from their parole supervision, Attorney General Kline created Operation PADLOC (Parole Absconder Detection, Location and Capture) in July 2003. PADLOC, a partnership between the attorney general’s office and federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies was directly responsible for the capture of over 75 absconders from as far away as New York State in its first few months of existence. In April 2004, Kline announced that for the first time absconder information would be available online, an enhancement to PADLOC made possible through a partnership with the KDOC and the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System.
In October of 2003, Attorney General Kline established the Attorney General’s Task Force on Crime and Sentencing, a task force made up of sheriffs, chiefs of police, legislators, judges, and victim’s rights advocates, to review areas of Kansas law and policy where changes must be made to further protect Kansans from crime. The task force examined probation and parole procedures, private prisons, issues related to children and cyber-crime, and has conducted an overall review of the Kansas sentencing guidelines.
After less than one year in office, Attorney General Phill Kline was elected by his fellow Republican Attorney Generals to serve as Chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association in December 2003. He was also named Co-Chair of the Sexual Predator Task Force for the National Association of Attorneys General.
Phill Kline lives in rural Shawnee County with his wife, Deborah, and 13-year-old daughter, Hillary.
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