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John David Pinegar

John David PinegarKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 2007
Elected to executive committee: 2009

John David Pinegar lives in Topeka. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Washburn University and has completed graduate coursework at both Washburn University and the University of Kansas.

He has more than 36 years of experience in Kansas politics and governmental relations. He is president of the governmental and public relations firm of Pinegar, Smith & Associates, Inc., which he co-founded  in 1991. 

His professional experience includes service as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kansas, Deputy Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Research Assistant to the Kansas Attorney General and Assistant to the president of the Kansas Senate.  

Pinegar is involved in a variety of civic and community activities, serving as a trustee of the Washburn University Foundation, past-president of the Washburn Alumni Association, past-president of Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, and a previous member of the Regional Council of Children’s Mercy Hospital. He is a member of the Board of the Dole Institute of Politics. 

He is active in First Presbyterian Church of Topeka, where he has served as church treasurer, deacon and currently a member of the session. He was inducted into the Garden City High School Hall of Fame in 2016.  He is a proud fourth generation Kansan and is also actively engaged in managing and operating farming interests in southwest Kansas.

He was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 2007. He was nominated to the executive committee in 2009.