In Profile – Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.)

November 19, 2015

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) during an October appearance at the Kansas Society of CPAs’ 65th annual Kansas Tax Conference.
Representing the Second District of Kansas, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins is a CPA by profession who brings nearly 20 years of experience helping individuals and small businesses manage their finances to the House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Jenkins sits on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives. She also serves as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, the fifth highest ranking position in House Republican leadership. 

As a CPA and member of the Congressional Caucus on CPAs and Accountants, Rep. Jenkins has been a steadfast and influential supporter of the profession on issues including due dates legislation.

In particular, her years of persistence resulted in a significant win when a change in due dates of certain tax return was signed into law
was signed into law
was signed into law

last July. On the day of the law’s enactment, AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, extended his heartfelt thanks to Jenkins and Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi who had championed due dates legislation for several years. “Their leadership was key to this success,” said Melancon.

At the Kansas Society of CPAs’ 65th annual Kansas Tax Conference, Congresswoman Jenkins said when discussing the due dates bill she spearheaded in the House, “I worked hand in glove with the Kansas Society of CPAs and the AICPA to get this done.”

Congresswoman Jenkins also was among the House and Senate members who introduced legislation in 2013 to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from changing its definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to include appraisers of employee stock ownership plans. The AICPA welcomed that action because the DOL’s proposal was expected to include a fiduciary duty for appraisers of employee benefit plans, many of whom are CPAs. The proposal was later modified to exclude appraisers from the proposed rule.
Congresswoman Jenkins has also been a strong voice for the profession in working to preserve the cash basis method of accounting for tax purposes and in excluding appraisers of employee stock ownership plans from the Department of Labor’s definition of fiduciary.