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Congresswoman Jenkins keeps CPA title despite lapsed permit

May 12, 2014, 9:25 a.m. Updated May 12, 2014, 2:21 p.m.


— Kansas regulators are allowing Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins to tag congressional and campaign materials with a CPA label, even though her state permit to work as a certified public accountant expired nearly two years ago.

The arrangement was approved by the Kansas Board of Accountancy in 2011 before Jenkins' permit to practice as a CPA expired in 2012, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The executive director of the state Board of Accountancy declined the newspaper's interview requests.

The Kansas board rejected Jenkins' request to apply hours she spent in U.S. House committee hearings on tax issues toward completion of 40 hours of annual continuing education required to renew a state permit. The board did, however, authorize her use of the CPA designation in conjunction with her name, without a permit, as long as she did not perform services for the public as a certified public accountant.

Jenkins' congressional office said she doesn't engage in CPA duties. She has, however, placed a CPA designation on political materials as she served as a U.S. representative and while employed as state treasurer of Kansas.

Tom Brandt, spokesman for Jenkins, a Republican, said guidelines of the U.S. House regarding taxpayer-funded mailings enabled official stationary to include information about a member's professional license. He said Jenkins' professional experience as an accountant applied directly to her responsibilities in Congress.

"Congresswoman Jenkins' extensive background as a tax practitioner is particularly relevant and extremely beneficial to Kansans as she serves on the chief tax-writing committee in the U.S. House," Brandt said.

Dan Sweetwood, executive director of the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy, said there would be concern in his state about people with lapsed CPA licenses who didn't make clear to the public they were on "inactive" status. He said Jenkins' public display of a CPA label should raise questions about the message being delivered to consumers.

"She's misleading the public," he said. "It's politically sensitive, but so what?"


Greg Cooper 3 years, 10 months ago

"He says Jenkins’ professional experience as an accountant applies directly to her responsibilities in Congress."

Then she should be able to add BPFKF (Bought and Paid For Koch Flunky) to her mailings as that is the only other qualification she has for the job.

Scott Quenette 3 years, 10 months ago

That's probably the least dishonest thing she's done.

Phillip Chappuie 3 years, 10 months ago

You would think that a CPA could see the Paul Ryan budget plan was bogus.

Jim Slade 3 years, 10 months ago

CPA = Certified Public Accountant


If you don't have your certification how can you label yourself as a "certified" public accountant?

Julius Nolan 3 years, 10 months ago

Most of us will agree Lynn is certified, but we disagree as to the words following Certified.

Pat Long 3 years, 10 months ago

Phill Kline and his law license, and now Lynn and her certification. What is with these guys?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm hoping she will need that certification after the November election. She needs to get a another job.

Mike Ford 3 years, 10 months ago

ask Mrs. Jenkins how certified she was when she oversaw the bad investments on my late mother's KPER's account? besides being in Kochland means there's an alternate reality and rules don't apply.

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