Craig Bowser of Holton launched his campaign for Senate District One this week. Craig Bowser is a fifth generation Kansan raised on a ranch near Holton. After graduating from Holton High School, Bowser earned a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and an MBA from Washburn University in Topeka.

“I’m running for the State Senate to return conservative leadership to the first senate district,” said Bowser. “We do not currently have a Republican senator, and the alternative isn’t conservative. I’m the conservative Republican ready to serve.”

Bowser appointed Bryan Clark of Atchison as his campaign treasurer. Clark serves as the president of the Kansas State Troopers Association.

Bowser previously worked in Manhattan at the Service-member Agriculture Vocation Education (SAVE) Farm. After concluding his work there in 2021, he returned to his farm in Holton and started work at the Kansas Department of Revenue in Topeka.

After earning his degrees, Bowser joined the U.S. Army Reserves where he served for 24 years. After completing multiple combat tours in Iraq, Bowser used his G.I. Bill to earn his doctorate in strategic security from Henley Putnam School of Strategic Security. 

During his time in the military, Bowser served as a civil affairs officer, working with political leaders and citizen groups where he was instrumental in establishing freedom and democracy. Bowser helped to facilitate the first free elections in Iraq in 2005. He was awarded the prestigious Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State during one of his combat tours.

In 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer appointed Bowser to the statewide Commission on Emergency Planning and Response.  In 2019 he completed the Kansas Republican Leadership Series. Bowser is currently the vice chairman of the Kansas First Congressional District Republican Party.

Craig Bowser has not only served as a leader in the Army but has also held leadership positions in a variety of companies and industries such as transportation, utilities, nuclear, government, and agriculture. Today, Bowser works for the State of Kansas as an information security officer in Topeka. Craig and his wife Erin live on their farm near Holton.