Mario GoicoMario Goico was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2002. In 1961, he left Cuba for Miami, Florida, as part of “Operation Pedro Pan.” He was then sent to Mariana Children’s Home, an orphanage in Wichita, Kansas, which provided for him until age 18.

He then joined the Air Force where he served for 32 years in the Air National Guard, Air Force, and Air Force Reserve. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2002 after flying 36 missions, including “Desert Storm,” and completing more than 6,000 flying hours as a command pilot.

From 1974 to 2005, he worked at Boeing Aircraft Company, having worked as a manager, marketer, engineer, and a pilot in flight test.

He paid his way through Wichita State University to earn a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.

Goico now serves as the House Assistant Majority Leader and represents the 100th House District. He chairs the Joint Committee on Kansas Security and the Veteran, Military and Homeland Security Committee. He also works as a financial professional at Strategic Concepts Inc. Mario and his wife Susan have several grandchildren.

He has received a number of awards, including: The Air Force Legion of Merit, Leadership Wichita, and The Outstanding Liaison Officer for the Nation.