Bruce Givens was born in Coffeyville, raised in Arkansas City, and has bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in special education and educational administration from Emporia State University. He
currently serves as assistant director of special education with the Butler County Special
Active for many years in multiple civic and service organizations, Givens has served as a state
leader in Kiwanis, the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators, volunteer for the
Miss Kansas Organization, and currently serves as chair of the Pastor-Parish Committee and
Chancel Choir member at Trinity United Methodist Church in El Dorado.
Married for more than 42 years to wife Sue, a part-time consultant for the Kansas Association of
School Boards, they are proud parents of one daughter, Megan, and her husband Andy Meinen,
who also reside in El Dorado with Givens’ two granddaughters.
Having attended Friends University as a member of the Singing Quakers and the Friends Men’s
Tennis Team, Givens still enjoys playing tennis and racquetball, singing in the church choir, is
an avid upland game bird hunter, a member of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. Summer
time is spent on a pontoon at El Dorado Lake.
In January of 2020, he began his fourth session as a Kansas Senator.