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 Education Cooperative.
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 41 years to wife Sue, superintendent of schools in El Dorado, 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. He also proudly serves as the “Voice of the Wildcats” at El Dorado High School athletic events.
In January of 2019, he began his third session as a Kansas Senator.