Nunnenkamp elected Chairman of BLET Kansas State Legislative Board

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 24 — Brandon D. Nunnenkamp of Division 130 (Kansas City, Kan.) was elected Chairman of the Kansas State Legislative Board at its quadrennial meeting in Wichita, Kan., September 9-11, 2020.

Brother Nunnenkamp is a BNSF locomotive engineer who has served BLET Division 130 as Legislative Representative for seven years. In 2016, he was elected to serve the Kansas SLB as Alternate Secretary-Treasurer. He has held continuous membership in the BLET since November 1, 1997.

Also elected during the quadrennial meeting were: 1st Vice Chairman Ryan P. Lautzenhiser, Division 777 (Argentine, Kan.); 2nd Vice Chairman Sam L. Vail, Division 179 (Parsons, Kan.); Secretary-Treasurer Willie E. Tilsworth, Division 130 (Kansas City, Kan.); and Alternate Secretary-Treasurer Shad M. Bremer, Division 261 (Herington, Kan.). Elected to serve as Trustees were: Phil D. Taylor, Division 130 (Kansas City, Kan.); John D. Whistler, Division 364 (Wichita, Kan.); and Toby A. Becker, Division 261 (Herington, Kan.).

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce and Vice President & National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman addressed the delegates on behalf of the BLET National Division. Additional special guests included: Calvin Groose, Chairman of the BLET Missouri State Legislative Board; and Rep. Ponka-We Victors, Kansas State House of Representatives (District 103).

“I congratulate and thank Brother Nunnenkamp and all officers of the Kansas State Legislative Board,” President Pierce said. “I know they will represent the interests of our Kansas Brothers and Sisters with the utmost diligence and professionalism. I also wish to thank outgoing Chairman Tyler Jones for his dedicated service to our Brotherhood.”

Brother Nunnekamp’s railroad career began in February of 1995 when hired out as a conductor with the ATSF in Newton, Kan. After being furloughed in Newton, he moved to Kansas City, Kan., in late 1995. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in June of 1997 and joined BLET Division 130 shortly thereafter. In 2017, Brother Nunnenkamp successfully completed the BLET Education & Training Department’s Legislative Representative Training Class in Washington D.C., and has attended LR workshops at various BLET regional meetings over the years.

The BLET’s Kansas State Legislative Board represents more than 1,800 active and retired members from 15 different BLET Divisions.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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