As Director of Policy and Government Relations, Lance Kinzer works with legislators, representatives of diverse faith communities, nonprofits, and public policy groups to advance religious liberty legislation at the state-level. Together, they formulate and implement legislative strategies that fit the specific needs and political realities of each state.
He has testified before many state legislatures in furtherance of pro-religious freedom legislation.
Prior to joining 1AP, Mr. Kinzer served for over ten years in the Kansas House of Representatives and was Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 2009-2014. He authored the Kansas RFRA and several successful pro-life measures, including 2012’s Kansas Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act.
Mr. Kinzer practiced civil litigation for over 15 years. He has litigated at every level in Kansas state courts and served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas in 2005-2006. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Kinzer served on active duty in U.S. Army JAG Corps, at Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Mr. Kinzer resides in the Kansas City area, and is a graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Kansas School of Law.