Politics & Government

What people say about Susan Wagle

“She is definitely a fighter. I appreciate her honesty and her candor – always have – and I think that she believes she can trust me.”

— Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, who has a close personal friendship with Wagle despite their political differences

“I think Gov. Brownback would be in better shape if he would listen to Susan more. I just think the governor can serve himself better by utilizing Susan more and realizing the arrows she takes for the governor.”

— Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, on Wagle’s willingness to take political hits

“She’s the quarterback and she’s earned the job. She calls the plays. I don’t have to agree and don’t always agree with the call. I have principles and the 1st District to represent and will not run from these priorities. I do, however, respect her role and leadership.”

— Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha, a conservative who has clashed with Wagle

“Susan is a bulldog. When she gets her focus on something, she does not give up. She does not let go. And her tenacity is a hallmark of her leadership style.”

— Senate Vice President Jeff King, R-Independence

“Family’s everything to her. And that’s how she treats us up here.”

— Aly Beley, Wagle’s director of communications, explaining that Wagle often refers to her staff as “the kids”

“What a blessing it has been to realize that my wife doesn’t remember anniversaries or birthdays.”

— Tom Wagle, teasing his wife about forgetting his birthday when they were dating. She said she remembers it now that she has an iPhone.

“We went through treatment together at the same time. Really having the support from her, because she’s been through it, was really key for me … and we grew very close because she’s also gone through this and she understood.”

— Paul Wagle, talking about his mother and their battles with cancer