About Ed

“A trusted leader with legislative experience who gets things done.”

I am a 5th generation Kansan from a family who has been in the Chanute area since the homestead days. After graduating from Chanute High School and Neosho County Community College, I attended Washburn University in Topeka where I met my wife Margaret and received a business degree and then a law degree.

The day after I passed the bar exam, Margaret and I moved back to Chanute so I could serve as Assistant County Attorney for Neosho County. In 1976 I was elected as County Attorney for Neosho County.

In 1984, I was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives representing the 5th District.  I was the Chair of the House Reapportionment Committee and served on the House Labor and Industry and the House Judiciary committees. I chaired a subcommittee that produced the very first Division of Assets bill to help protect elderly couples when nursing home care is required. I was named one of the top ten freshman legislators by Kansas Magazine my first year due to my strong reputation as a leader with county government experience.

I left the legislature after two successful terms to help raise our children and build my private law practice. I continued to work for the community as a Deacon and Elder in our church, a Scoutmaster and as a board member for the Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce, Chanute Restoration and Development Inc., and Eastern Kansas Oil and Gas Association. I have always considered a return to the legislature after our children were grown, and I am asking you for your vote to give me the opportunity to do that.

Margaret and I live in Chanute where I work in our law office and she works as an elementary school teacher. We also run a farm and ranch Southwest of Chanute.  We are members of the First Presbyterian Church and the national Lay Committee, a conservative Presbyterian organization. We have three grown children and a growing family of grandchildren. I enjoy hunting, fishing, farming, and I am an NRA life member.
 

The Job Interview

Ed Bideau is a trusted leader with legislative experience who gets things done.

As you are evaluating who deserves your vote for the Kansas House, think about who can get things done instead of just talking and fighting. Look at their record of leadership and involvement with the community. My record is clear, including:

County Government:

  • Assistant Neosho County Attorney
  • Neosho County Attorney
  • Precinct Committeeman over 30 years
  • Pro Bono Legal Representation of Republican candidates in election contests and recounts.

Kansas Legislature:

  • Named one of the top ten freshman legislators by Kansas Magazine
  • Chair of the House Reapportionment Committee
  • House Labor and Industry Committee
  • House Judiciary Committee
  • Chair of a Public Health and Welfare subcommittee that produced the very first Division of Assets bill to help protect elderly couples when nursing home care is required.

Community:

  • Board member, Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Charter Member – Board of Directors, Chanute Restoration and Development, Inc.
  • Board member, Eastern Kansas Oil and Gas Association
  • Chanute Downtown Restoration Committee – City of Chanute
  • Precinct Committeeman – Neosho County Republican Party

Washburn University:

  • President, Kansas Delta Alumni Corporation
  • Washburn Law Alumni Association

Civic Activities:

  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 100 Boy Scouts – Merit Badge Counselor Troop 27.
  • Scout Leader, Girl Scouts
  • Chair, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission
  • Co-Founder, Tioga Township Dixieland Jazz Band (raised over $25,000 for charity)
  • Volunteer Attorney – Military Troop Deployment Legal Services – Desert Storm, Military Law Section, Kansas Bar Association.

Law Practice:

  • County Attorney’s Office – Neosho County 10 Years
  • Kansas Insurance Department – Law Clerk and Staff Attorney
  • Private Law Practice, Bideau Law Offices, LLC, since 1975.
  • Chair, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Kansas Bar Association
  • Elder Law Hotline – Volunteer Legal Services – Kansas Bar Association
  • Distinguished Service Award Recipient – Kansas Bar Association
  • District Court Judge Pro Tem, Neosho County District Court
  • Municipal Judge, City of Thayer Municipal Court