Don is a life-long resident of House District 118. He is the son of life-long Republican Kalo Hineman, who served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1974-1981 and was then appointed to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission by President Ronald Reagan. Don and his wife Betsy, an educator for Unified School District 482, have been married for 46 years and have two children, Andy Hineman and Sarah Werner. Andy and his wife Libby live in Scott City with their sons Kalo and Harrison, and their daughter Maggie. Sarah lives in Winfield with her husband Gage, and their son Bruce and daughter Willa. Don is a member of the Dighton United Methodist Church, and has served in many public service roles within Kansas House District 118.
- Owner of Don Hineman Farms, a dryland farming operation producing wheat, grain sorghum, and corn, and partner with son Andy in D&A Farms
- General Manager of Hineman Ranch LLC, a cow-calf enterprise doing business as High Plains Gelbvieh, producer of registered Gelbvieh, Angus, Red Angus, and hybrid seedstock
- Board of Directors, Lane County Feeders, a 42,000 head commercial cattle feedlot
- Board of Directors, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, 2002-2008. Served on task force charged with investigating the safety and efficacy of Canadian efforts to contain and control incidences of BSE.
- President, Kansas Livestock Association, 2001. Earlier served in various capacities, including Chairman of Tax Committee, Policy and Resolutions Committee, Cow-Calf/Stocker Council, and Purebred Council. Also served on Kansas Livestock Association Political Action Committee.
- Board of Directors and Executive Committee, American Gelbvieh Association, 1989-1991. Participated in nationwide search, interview, and hiring of new Executive Director. Participated in search for and purchase of new headquarters building in Denver area.
- Kansas State Representative, elected 2008
- Dighton City Council, 1978-1982. Served 3 ½ years of a four year term.Resigned because we moved to the farm and were no longer residents of the city of Dighton.
- Lane County Commission, 1985-2000. Served on Southwest Kansas Solid Waste Authority, a multi-county group formed to develop a system to most efficiently and cost effectively address state and federal solid waste management guidelines. Served on Northwest Local Environmental Planning Group, a multi-county group charged with developing uniform sanitary codes for participating counties and providing related services to members. Initiated the first-ever redistricting of commissioner districts, assuring equal representation for all county residents.
Dighton United Methodist Church:
- Certified Lay Speaker
- Leader, Disciple Bible Study
- Chairman, Finance Committee
- Member, Chancel Choir
- B.S. Business, University of Kansas, 1969
- M.B.A., University of Michigan, 1970
- M.S., Natural Resources, University of Michigan, 1973