For someone not even old enough to vote, Basehor-Linwood High School senior Colton Gibson already has more experience with politics than most adults have in a lifetime. Gibson is serving as a legislative assistant to Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, a Republican serving the 5th District.

Last summer, Gibson volunteered with several political candidates, helping with their campaigns. He demonstrated that using social media increased exposure and reached a larger audience of constituents and potential voters. When he met Fitzgerald, Gibson was immediately hired to serve as Fitzgerald’s campaign manager for his re-election campaign last year. Fitzgerald went on to win the election, thanks in part to Gibson’s dedication.

“I would not have won this race without his help. Smart, energetic, personable and focused. … Colton gets things done,” said the senator.

While Gibson is working as a legislative assistant intern with Fitzgerald in Topeka, he will finish his remaining class that he needs before graduation through the Basehor-Linwood Virtual School. After graduation, Gibson plans to attend Washburn University. Located in Topeka where he can be near happenings at the Kansas State Capitol, he plans to continue working in the political arena.  

Christy Sanders, Colton’s mother, is proud of her son. While there do not appear to be any official statistics, “we wonder if he may even be the youngest ever campaign manager to win an actual state election,” she said.

Politics isn’t the only thing that interests Colton Gibson. He also has a musical background and plays the piano, guitar and drums. He and his younger brother even had their own rock band a few years ago. Gibson has also been involved with the Student United Way of Leavenworth County, is a senior class officer, student ambassador, a member of the National Honor Society and involved with the Future Business Leaders of America.

In addition to his political involvement, Gibson also owns his own consulting business which provides electronic and social media services to his clients.

“This kid is one of the hardest working go-getters with so much energy that I have ever met in my life and I am so proud to be his mom,” Christy Sanders said.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at