Peggy Mast is a fourth generation Kansas resident. She was raised in the two-story farm house built by her great-grandfather J. E. Rule. Her family lived on a small farm on the outskirts of the small community of Clayton. She learned early in life how to work and how to like the feeling of getting something accomplished. Peggy graduated from Jennings Rural High School with no hope of going on to college. Her parents had thought long and hard about how to use their limited resources and could not foresee the importance of a post high school education. Her two brothers entered the Navy after graduating high school, and she became a homemaker. She was able, however to take a class at Fort Hays University while working to help her husband get his master’s degree in business. She later had the opportunity to take classes at Butler County Community College and Flint Hills Vo-Tech. She states that most of her learning has come from the school of hard knocks and encourages young people to get as much education as possible. Peggy has been blessed with four wonderful children and she takes great pride in their accomplishments. Her oldest daughter holds down a household while watching several children throughout the day. Her daughter, Amy has obtained her Masters in Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and is considering going on for her Doctorate degree. She and her husband live in Wichita with their two children. Corey, her oldest son, is a physical therapist in Dallas, Texas and Michael and his wife Suzanne live in Garden Plain with their two sons and work with pharmaceuticals. Peggy is now married to John who operates an Engineering Company in Emporia. They love living in the country. John has also brought into her life three more adult children and four more grandchildren. She and her husband are active members of Victory Fellowship Church in Emporia and she loves working with the Student Leadership Forum. Throughout the years, Peggy has worked in several arenas. She has been a phone operator, school bus driver, and office manager in an oil field servicing operation. She has worked in several offices in Emporia and is currently employed by Design Rite Contracting. She enjoys reading, water sports, fellowshipping with friends and relatives, painting, and just about anything that convinces her that she has made a difference. “That is the reason that I love my job in the legislature. It gives me the opportunity to meet and learn the needs of individuals and then try to make a positive difference in their lives.” states Mast.
The banking section of the phone book sent me downtown. You’d have thought that a driver’s license, a photo on a Citibank card, a firearm owner’s ID and a valid U. S. Passport would have been enough ID. Hell, they had me standing around like a beggar for over forty minutes. I thought that the teller was going to pop out her tampon right there on the floor when I asked for a certified check for fifteen thousand bucks. Then the manager got called into the fracas. “I’ll have to know the purpose of the transaction for any dollar value over five thousand. We have to report it--it’s the law.”