Meet Brent


In early 2015, Brent began leading the grassroots campaign to win Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District for Bernie Sanders during the presidential primary. Senator Sanders nominated him to the Democratic National Platform Committee, where Brent wrote an amendment to ban corporate money from elections. He worked with other national leaders to pass the most progressive party platform in history.

Brent Welder is running for Congress because billionaires and giant corporations have too much control over our government. We need to get money out of politics, so Brent is not accepting any corporate PAC money.

Brent understands the pain and fear that too many families face. He was raised a few hours from Kansas City in a small town in Iowa. When Brent was young, his parents worked hard to support their family. After the bills were paid, the family survived on hotdogs for nearly every meal because it was all they could afford. During Brent’s high school years his mother, a social worker, took heating assistance to get her and her five children through the cold Iowa winters. They only had three small bedrooms, so Brent made his out of a closet in their concrete basement. His family lacked money for much more than the basics, but his parents imparted their children with a sense of hard work and optimism that kept them happy and healthy. The most important rules in their household were to never lie, and to always help others.

Brent as a child (center) with his sister Stephanie and brother Paul.

Brent later worked his way through college, pouring concrete in scorching summer heat, and waiting tables on nights and weekends. Now a labor lawyer and national worker’s rights advocate, Brent keeps these memories close, and has spent his entire life fighting for working families in Kansas and across the country.

Brent held key positions with Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq Veteran elected to the U.S. Congress. As National Field Director for the Teamsters union, Brent organized over a million union members for better wages, benefits, and workplace safety. After law school, instead of joining a big corporate law firm, Brent continued with his passion—supporting workers’ rights as designated legal counsel for a national labor union. In these roles, Brent worked with local and national leaders to create better paying jobs, revitalize small businesses, and achieve better access to good healthcare.

Brent and Barack Obama, after a campaign event that Brent organized for Obama’s first presidential campaign.

Brent’s wife Kristie grew up in Johnson County, Kansas. She graduated from Olathe South High School before going off to college and becoming a labor lawyer. Kristie served as Latino Outreach Director for the Kansas Democratic Party here in the 3rd Congressional District, helping to elect Congressman Dennis Moore and Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

After their two daughters were born, Brent and Kristie moved home to Kansas.  They are proud to be raising their children in the same area that provided Kristie with such a strong community support and education.

Brent and Kristie first met 14 years ago while working as community organizers fighting block by block for higher wages and health care for all.

In early 2015, Brent began leading the grassroots campaign to win Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District for Bernie Sanders during the presidential primary.  Senator Sanders nominated him to the Democratic National Platform Committee, where Brent wrote an amendment to ban corporate money from elections.  He worked with other national leaders to pass the most progressive party platform in history.

From the time Brent was a child, he learned that life is better when we all work together. But for far too long under our rigged economy, giant corporations have been taking advantage of our communities and workers through lower wages and higher prices—shipping the profits away from our community to Wall Street banks and off-shore accounts. Brent is running to fix that.  He will represent hard working Kansas families—not billionaires and giant corporations.