Karl was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission in 2008. He has served on the Greater Wichita Economic Development Commission, the K-96 Corridor economic development group, and is now serving on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
He holds bachelor's (with honors in economics and government) and master's (economics) degrees from Ohio University.
Karl lives in west Wichita with his wife and two children. He enjoys a variety of sports, reading, and gardening.