Garner E. Shriver worked for a drug company in Wichita from 1934 to 1936 before he was a high school teacher till 1937. He was then admitted to the bar in Wichita in February of 1940. He served three years in the U.S Navy and then was elected state representative from 1947 to 1951 and state senator from 1953 to 1960. Thereafter he was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses (1961 to 1977). After his time in Washington, he resumed the practice of law.