The Past and the Present

Steve Fitzgerald is the Kansas State Senator for Leavenworth, Lansing, Piper, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville (part)  as well as a part of Kansas City, KS. He serves as vice chair of the Local Government Committee and the Ethics and Election Committee; he is also on the Transportation, the Education, and the Ways and Means Committee where he chairs the sub-committees on Judicial Budget, Corrections and Juvenile Justice Budget.

Past Commander of Lansing VFW Post 12003 and member of the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee, he is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans as well as a member of  American Legion Post 411 and the Special Forces Association.

He was vice president of the Leavenworth School Board and a leader in the bond drive for renovating the schools. He was also a  member of the local Catholic school board.

He is a co-founder and co-chairman of The Leadership Series, which has trained approximately 250 men throughout Kansas, including several state senators, representatives, county commissioners, mayors, businessmen, and others.

He served in Viet Nam '68-'70 with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), I Corps MIKE Force; in Germany '75-'78 with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); in Grenada '83 with the 82d Division (Airborne); in the Pentagon; and at Fort Leavenworth in the Combined Arms Center. His awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and five Meritorious Service Medals. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a Master of Military Science Degree as well as a Master of Business from Central Michigan University.

Steve and Francie raised five children in Leavenworth where they have lived since 1985.Their children and grandchildren have graduated from public, private, Catholic, and Lutheran schools and have also been home schooled. They have a son and a daughter serving in the Army and a daughter with two masters degrees in education and has been vice principal of a high school.

Upon retiring from the Army Steve started a small business which he ran until the 9/11 attack when he closed the business and went to work for Northrop Grumman as a consultant for the Army. In 2012 he retired from Northrop Grumman and ran for State Senate.