• Life-long Ellis County resident
  • Thomas More Prep-Marian Alum
  • Fort Hays State University Alum
  • University of Kansas Law School Alum

For nearly 31 years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving the public as a lawyer and prosecuting attorney. Now, with your consent, I will continue to serve you as District Judge.

I was born in Ellis County to fourth-generation Kansans and I’ve lived and worked here most of my life. I graduated from Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, Fort Hays State University, and the University of Kansas School of Law.

After law school, I was in private practice and Assistant Ellis County Attorney for seven years. I was elected Ellis and Trego County Attorney in 1996. I have served as an elected prosectutor (Ellis County - 6 terms; Trego County - 1 term) for nearly 24 years. Under my leadership, Ellis County sentenced 3,371 felons; 1,081 to prison (fiscal years 1998-2019).

Experience Matters.

With my 30+ years of courtroom experience, including scores of jury trials, I am prepared to make experienced decisions as your District Judge. 

  • Ellis County Attorney - 1997 to Present 

  • Trego County Attorney - 1997 to 2000 

  • Assistant Ellis County Attorney - 1989 to 1996 

  • Associate of Glassman, Bird and Braun Law Firm - 1989 to 1996 

  • Appointed prosecutor to the Kansas Sentencing Commission by Governors Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson - 2007 to 2012. 

  • Appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General to the Prosecutor’s Review Committee of the Kansas Sexual Violent Predator Commitment Act by Attorney General Derek Schmidt - 2011 to Present

  • Appointed to the Kansas Recodification Commission - 2009 to 2010

  • Appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court Pretrial Justice Committee by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss - 2018 to Present

  • Kansas County and District Attorney’s Association - 1989 to Present 

    • Board of Directors - 2000 to 2006; President – 2005 

  • Kansas Bar Association - 1989 to Present 

  • Northwest Kansas Community Corrections and Northwest Kansas Juvenile Justice 

    • Board of Directors- 1996 to Present 

  • High Plains Mental Health Center

    • Board of Directors - 2006 to Present 

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the High Plains

    • Board of Directors - 1989 to 1993 

  • Ellis County Historical Society - Board Member 2004 - Present

  • Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 101 - 2009 to Present

  • Confirmation catechist at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church 2005 to Present

  • Coached youth sports for the Hays Recreation Commission - 2001-2011

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary parish council 

  • Holy Family Elementary School council

  • Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Award - 1997 

  • Fort Hays State University Young Alumni Award – 1998 

  • Wheatland Scout District Award of Merit - 2014 

  • Kansas Prosecutors Foundation Community Service Award – 2015 

  • Knights of Columbus District #45 Knight of the Year - 2017 

  • Tom and his wife, Patricia, have been married for more than 30 years. She is a nursing instructor at FHSU. 

  • Together, they have two children.

    • Their daughter, Anne, is married and is a high
      school teacher in Great Bend

    • Their son, John, will graduate from KU this spring and plans to become a teacher.

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One of the most important rights and responsibilities as an American citizen is voting in elections.


All three candidates for the 23rd Judicial District race are on the Republican ballot, so this primary election will decide who will become the next 23rd District Judge. If you are an unaffiliated voter, you can declare the Republican party as your party at the August 4th election (or during advance voting). You will maintain that party affiliation until after the general election in November.


If you aren't currently registered to vote, you must register by July 14, 2020.


Advance Voting in person at the County Clerk's office

begins on July 20, 2020 and ends at Noon on August 3. 

If you would like to receive an Advance Voting Ballot by Mail, you must fill out this form and mail it to the Kansas Secretary of State in Topeka.

Here are some helpful links to see if you are registered to vote and, if not, how to register.

If you have further questions about your voter registration, please contact your County Clerk's office.

Paid for by Tom Drees for Judge •  Mike Drees, Treasurer
Paid for by Tom Drees for Judge •  Mike Drees, Treasurer