Meyers was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended public schools in Superior, Nebraska, and attended William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1951. From 1951 until 1954, she worked as an advertising and public relations assistant for a radio station in Omaha and a department store in Lincoln, Nebraska. From 1967 to 1972, she was a city councilwoman in Overland Park, Kansas. From 1972 until 1984, she was a member of the Kansas Senate. In 1978, she ran for the United States Senate, but was defeated in a multi-candidate Republican primary which was won by Nancy Landon Kassebaum.
In 1984, she was elected as a member of the Republican Party to the 99th United States Congress and to the five succeeding Congresses. She served from January 3, 1985, until January 3, 1997. During the 104th United States Congress, she was the chairwoman of the United States House Committee on Small Business. She was not a candidate for re-election to the 105th United States Congress. She was the first Republican woman elected to the U.S. House from Kansas. Her son, Phil Meyers, ran for a congressional seat in Hawaii in 2000 as a Republican against Rep. Neil Abercrombie, but was defeated.
- Kansapedia-Kansas Historical Society
- Kansas Legislators Past and Present
- Lowry, Bryan (June 22, 2019). “‘She was a pioneer.’ Former Kansas congresswoman Jan Meyers passes away”. kansascity. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
- Seelye, Katharine Q. (June 24, 2019). “Jan Meyers, a Kansas Republican ‘First’ in Congress, Dies at 90”. The New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
- United States Congress. “Jan Meyers (id: M000684)”. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Women in Congress: Jan Meyers
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas’s 3rd congressional district
| Chairperson of the House Small Business Committee
|99th||Senate: B. Dole • N. Kassenbaum||House: D. Glickman • B. Whittaker • P. Roberts • J. Slattery • J. Meyers|
|100th||Senate: B. Dole • N. Kassenbaum||House: D. Glickman • B. Whittaker • P. Roberts • J. Slattery • J. Meyers|
|101st||Senate: B. Dole • N. Kassenbaum||House: D. Glickman • B. Whittaker • P. Roberts • J. Slattery • J. Meyers|
|102nd||Senate: B. Dole • N. Kassenbaum||House: D. Glickman • P. Roberts • J. Slattery • J. Meyers • D. Nichols|
|103rd||Senate: B. Dole • N. Kassenbaum||House: D. Glickman • P. Roberts • J. Slattery • J. Meyers|
|104th||Senate: B. Dole (until Jun. 1996) • N. Kassenbaum • S. Frahm (Jun.-Nov. 1996) • S. Brownback (from Nov. 1996)||House: P. Roberts • J. Meyers • S. Brownback (until Nov. 1996) • T. Tiahrt • J. Ryun (from Nov. 1996)|