Troy Waymaster is a native Kansan and is proud to call Central and Western Kansas his home. He was born in Russell, Kansas and has lived in Russell County most of his life. He credits his determination and strong work ethic to his days spent working with his father and uncle on the family farm south of Bunker Hill where he continues to be active in the farming operation today. He has developed a strong sense of pride for and service to his community and country through the examples set by his grandfather in World War II and his father in Vietnam. He wants to be your servant and your voice in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Troy understands the importance of community service. Since 2007, he has served on the boards of the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce and Russell Main Street, Inc. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce and is a two-time past President of Russell Main Street, Inc. He is also a member of the following organizations:
- Russell Rotary Club, Executive Board Member for Public Relations
- ISIS Russell Shrine Club, Past President
- Men’s Auxiliary of VFW Post #6240, “Voice of Democracy Project“ Judge
- Elks BPOE #1715
- Kansas Mason Blue Lodge #177
- Kansas York Rite
- Alumni Association of the University of Kansas
- 2011 Russell Prairiesta Celebration, Parade Committee Chairman
- Friend of the Deines Cultural Center
- Community Advisor for the Amazing 100 Miles
Troy entered the work force early on. He worked on his family’s farm with his father and uncle, beginning at the age of eight, and continues to work with them to this day. He is currently employed by UMB Bank as Assistant Vice President and Banking Center Manager. Given his business and management experience, he has been assigned to manage two banking centers for UMB Bank. In his experience working with consumer loans, Troy has come to understand how the economy impacts his friends and neighbors in Kansas. Before his career at UMB, Troy was hired as an Account Manager with Chrysler Financial LLC. He was proud to work for a company that was founded by another Kansan, Walter P. Chrysler. Troy’s work ethic, for which he credits his work on the family farm, allowed him to assume several managerial positions within Chrysler.
He became interested and involved in politics at an early age. While in elementary school, Troy became interested in politics when Russell Native, Senator Robert J. Dole began his 1988 campaign for President of the United States. Troy remembers sitting among the large crowd in Downtown Russell as Senator Dole announced his candidacy, which prompted his interest in politics. Years later, in the Presidential Election of 1996, Troy attended many events with Senator Dole, including his announcement in Topeka, the Iowa Straw Poll and the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego, California. Troy credits Senator Dole for his continued interest in serving his community and his fellow Kansans.
Troy attended Russell schools and graduated from Russell High School, where he was involved in many leadership roles in clubs and organizations, including Student Council and as a Class Officer all four years. He was also a member of the Sunflower 4-H Club and the Russell County 4-H Council. He continues to use what he learned in 4-H, especially the importance of service to one’s community and the four points: head, heart, hands and health.
After graduating from Russell High School, Troy attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In addition to his coursework at KU, he interned for the State Senate during two legislative sessions. He also took summer courses with Barton County Community College and, after graduation from the University of Kansas, he took additional courses related to Business Management at Fort Hays State University.
He cherishes the time that he spends with his family, many of whom still reside in Central Kansas, and he also enjoys traveling, boating on Wilson Lake, hunting and classic cars.