Chris Steineger

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Chris Steineger
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Kansas State Senate District 6
Former Member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsNo
Date of birthJanuary 8, 1962
Place of birthKansas City, KS
ProfessionDevelopment Director, Cross-Lines Cooperative Council
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Chris Steineger (b. January 8, 1962, in Kansas City, Kansas) is a former Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 6 from 1997 to 2013. On January 22, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of secretary of state, challenging Democratic incumbent Chris Biggs.[1] Steineger lost the party nomination to Biggs on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, receiving nearly forty percent of the vote. Steineger switched to the Republican Party in 2010 after previously serving as a Democratic senator.[2]

Steineger owns and manages rental property, develops residential real estate, and manages other financial assets. He has experience at all three levels of government, including staffing for U.S. Representative Jim Slattery in Washington D.C., as an assistant in the City Administrator’s office in Kansas City, KS, and as a tax auditor and collector with the Kansas Department of Revenue. He has also worked in the private and non-profit sectors. His father is former Sen. Jack Steineger, a veteran of the Kansas Legislature for 28 years.

Policy positions

State Senator Chris Steineger supports the following issues:

  • Encourages careful conservation of natural resources and use of sustainable energy resources
  • Health care system should be restructured to have universal coverage and also cost the state less.
  • Supports firearm ownership
  • He has a focus on early education
  • Local governments should be consolidated
  • Cuban trade embargo should be ended[3]

He has also sponsored/co-sponsored these recent pieces of legislations:

  • A bill to decrease the number of Kansas Legislators[4]
  • A bill to establish a county consolidation commission[5]
  • A resolution encouraging funding for the United States Airborne Laser defense program[6]
  • A resolution to create a budget stabilization fund[7]

County Consolidation

On February 14, the Senate Ways and Means Committee introduced legislation, SB204, that would reduce the number of Kansas counties from 105 to 23. The bill, championed by Sen. Chris Steineger (R), is designed to strengthen counties and improve efficiency. A Wichita State University study has found that such a consolidation could result in hundreds of millions in yearly savings.[8]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Steineger served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Steineger served on these committees:


Campaign treasurer

At the same time he faced accusations that he acted in open violation of state campaign finance laws, Forward Kansas, a liberal-leaning news website, ran a story questioning whether or not Mike Sager, Campaign Finance Director for the Steineger secretary of state campaign, was the same individual who was "indicted for a felony count of stealing from his campaign funds and, also, a misdemeanor count of filing false campaign finance reports in order to subsequently cover up the theft."[10][11]

Steineger admitted to the Kansas City Star that when he originally hired Sager, he was not aware of his past. Since discovering that, however, he had since dumped him as his campaign treasurer.[12] Mysteriously, two days after this story was published, he refused to take questions on the matter with another online news source and sent a campaign spokeswoman to "dodge questions."[13]

Ethics complaints

Not long after launching his campaign for secretary of state, the Kansas State Ethics Commission accused State Senator Chris Steineger of at least twice knowingly violating the state's campaign finance laws.[14] Along with being implicated for using financial contributions from his state senate campaign to pay for poll conducted on behalf of his secretary of state committee, he faced being charged with infringing on a state law that "prohibits [state] politicians from seeking contributions from lobbyists, corporations, unions and political action committees while the Legislature is convened from January to May."[15] Several days after these allegations were first reported, Steineger admitted that "a preliminary review of emails sent on behalf of his campaign for secretary of state indicated requests for donations went to several registered lobbyists" and that he would take full responsibility for the actions of campaign.[16]

On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, the Kansas State Ethics Commission ruled that Steineger "improperly used his Senate campaign fund to pay for polls testing his name recognition ahead of a possible run for statewide office."[17] At the same time, however, the commission was unable to find sufficient evidence to say he knowingly violated state campaign finance laws by requesting contributions from lobbyists while the State Legislature was still in session. Steineger was then ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.[18]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Steineger ran for election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 6. Steineger ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and was defeated by Pat Pettey (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[19][20]

Kansas State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPat Pettey 62.1% 11,637
     Republican Chris Steineger Incumbent 37.9% 7,106
Total Votes 18,743


See also: Kansas Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[21]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Chris Biggs 60.3%
     Democratic Party Chris Steineger 39.7%
Total Votes 80,872



2004 Race for State Senate, District 6 - Democratic Primary[24]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Chris Steineger (D) 65.8%
Stan S. Frownfelter (D) 34.1%
Total votes 5,067
2004 Race for State Senate, District 6 - Democratic Primary[25]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Chris Steineger (D) 79.2%
Joy Holt (F) 20.7%
Total votes 18,241


  • 2000 Race for State Senate, District 6 - Democratic Primary and General Election[26]
    • Chris Steineger ran unopposed in both contests


1996 Race for State Senate, District 6 - Democratic Primary[27]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Chris Steineger (D) 40.7%
Pat Huggins Pettey (D) 39.0%
Gary Christ (D) 20.3%
Total votes 5,727
  • 1996 Race for State Senate, District 6 - General Election[28]
    • Chris Steineger ran unopposed

Campaign contributions


According to Follow the Money, Steineger raised $50,468 in 2008 for his state senatorial campaign.[29]

Listed below are the top four contributors:

Donor Amount
Howard Grace $2,000
Cerner Corp. $1,500
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City $1,000
Kansans for Lifesaving Cures $1,000


Kansas Economic Freedom Index

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index is a project of Bob Weeks, creator of the blog Voice For Liberty in Wichita. The purpose of the Index "is to identify Kansas legislators who vote in favor of economic freedom — and those who don’t."[30] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.


Chris Steineger received a rating of 58% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[31]


Chris lives with his wife Shari in their 1920s Craftsman bungalow in Kansas City, Kansas.

Contact information

Capitol Address:
300 Southwest 10th Avenue, Room 181-E
Topeka, KS 66612-1504

Phone: (785) 296-7375
Toll Free Phone: (800) 432-3924

District Address:


51 South 64th Street
Kansas City, KS 66111

Phone: (913) 287-7636
Fax: (913) 287-6879

Campaign Address:
Chris Steineger
6505 E. Frontage Rd, Suite 6
Merriam, KS 66202

Phone: (913) 403-8084

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See also


  1. El Dorado Times, "Chris Steineger Announces Candidacy for Kansas Secretary of State" 22 Jan. 2010
  2. Lawrence Journal-World, "Democratic Kansas state senator switching to Republican Party," December 17, 2010
  3. YouTube, "Cuban Life" 4 May, 2009
  4. Kansas State Legislature - SB 113 (dead link)
  5. Kansas State Legislature - SB 198 (dead link)
  6. Kansas State Legislature - SR 1859 (dead link)
  7. Kansas State Legislature - Concurrent Resolution 1614 (dead link)
  8., "Consolidation bill aims to reduce counties to 23," February 18, 2011
  9. Kansas State Senate - List of Standing Committees (dead link)
  10. South Missourian, "Former Missouri House member accused of theft, false report" 28 April, 2006
  11. Forward Kansas, "Updated: Sen. Steineger, Please Have the Real Mike Sager Stand Up" 13 May, 2010
  12. Kansas City Star, "Steineger often takes the road less traveled" 15 May, 2010
  13. The Pitch, "Chris Steineger won't confirm whether he hired disgraced Missouri lawmaker Mike Sager (updated)" 17 May, 2010
  14. Forward Kansas, "Which Chris Steineger Will Show Before the Governmental Ethics Commission?" 17 May, 2010
  15. Topeka Capital-Journal, "Questions cloud Steineger campaign" 26 Feb. 2010
  16. Topeka Capital-Journal, "Steineger admits finance miscue" 1 March, 2010
  17. Lawrence Journal-World & News, "Secretary of State candidate fined $5,000 for violating campaign finance laws" 18 May, 2010 (dead link)
  18. Kansas Watchdog, "State Senator Steineger fined $5000 at Ethics Hearing" 19 May, 2010
  19. Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
  20. Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 31, 2014
  21. Associated Press - 2010 Kansas Primary Election Results
  22. Kansas Secretary of State - 2008 Primary Election Results
  23. Kansas Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
  24. Kansas Secretary of State - 2004 Primary Election Results
  25. Kansas Secretary of State - 2004 General Election Results
  26. Kansas Secretary of State - 2000 General Election Results
  27. Kansas Secretary of State - 1996 Primary Election Results
  28. Kansas Secretary of State - 1996 General Election Results
  29. Follow the Money - Campaign Contributions for Chris Steineger, 2008
  30. Kansas Economic Freedom Index, "Homepage," accessed January 13, 2012
  31. Kansas Economic Freedom Index, "2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index," May 18, 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Kansas State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Pat Pettey (D)