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A native son of Dodge City, Ralph learned the importance of public service from his parents, Patricia and Oakley Ralph. Oakley served as Dodge City’s police chief from 1971 until his retirement in 1996. Ralph graduated St. Mary of The Plains College in Dodge City and holds a juris doctor from Washburn University School of Law.
Prior to serving as the city attorney, Ralph practiced with the local firm of Williams Strobel Malone Mason and Ralph for 24 years. He is a past chairperson of the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas.
His wife Shannon Ralph is a long-time teacher at Dodge City High School and 2015 Kansas Teacher of The Year. Brad and Shannon have been married 34 years and have three adult children, Michael, Jennifer and Kelli.
Brad's time working for the city of Dodge City has given him a deep appreciation for the importance of responsibility in governance. While he grew up on a small Dodge City farm, three generations of Ralphs (his mother, wife and son) have devoted their careers to the students of Kansas and Brad is prepared to provide our children the support they need to continue to excel.
Brad enjoys spending his personal time following the Dodge City Red Demons and the Kansas City Royals as an enthusiastic baseball fan. He spends time with his mother, wife and two dogs around town in Dodge and also enjoys visiting his children who all still live in the midwest. He is currently looking forward to his elder daughter's graduation from law school and his youngest daughter's wedding in the fall.