Dennis Hedke

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Dennis Hedke
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Kansas House of Representatives District 99
Incumbent
In office
January 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
AppointedDecember 2010
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Dennis Hedke is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 99. He was first appointed to the chamber in December 2010.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hedke served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Energy and Environment, Chair
Education
Taxation

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hedke served on the following committees:

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hedke served on the following committees:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dennis Hedke endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Campaign themes

2014

Hedke's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Economics
"I believe very strongly in the free market as the source of economic growth and job creation. In order to promote economic growth, Kansas needs to reduce unnecessary taxes and regulatory burdens that discourage Kansans from starting and operating small businesses, and we need to minimize government subsidies that attempt to steer investment into activities that politicians think are best. Thriving small businesses are the best sources of job creation for Kansas, and we need to help them, not hinder them."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Energy is the lifeblood of our country, and Kansas ranks 9th in the nation (at 2010) in energy production. Kansas' principal energy sources include oil and natural gas, ethanol and wind. Ethanol and wind are renewable resources and the state has seen considerable development of each of these resources throughout the past decade, while oil and natural gas production have been a part of Kansas energy mix for more than 150 years. Our energy infrastructure is ever changing and market forces will dictate the contribution from any given contributor to the total spectrum of available energy."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Environmental stewardship is very important to me. We must preserve, and if we can, with appropriate cost-benefit analysis, improve the environment for future generations. I am committed to pursuing a balance between laws, regulations, and peoples' well-being. In the past, for example, I supported changing Kansas laws to help farmers retain their water rights while conserving this important natural resource. I believe that environmental laws and regulations must be carefully tailored to lower costs, burdens, and restrictions for individuals and businesses."
  • Education
"Our children represent the future of Kansas. In order to prepare future generations to meet the challenges ahead, we need to provide strong, effective sources of education. In addition to ensuring the strength and quality of Kansas public schools, our state should support other, diverse methods of educating children, including charter schools and home education. The best education system is one where excellence is encouraged without limitation."
  • Respect for Life
"All human life is God-given and precious. How we treat the weakest members of our society is a defining issue for who we are as a people. Our laws should be written to protect those who cannot protect themselves, including the unborn, the elderly, and the truly disabled. I will work to enact laws that protect and respect life from conception to natural death."

Elections

2014

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Dennis Hedke defeated Randy Banwart in the Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election.[3][4]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 99 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Hedke Incumbent 52.3% 1,686
Randy Banwart 47.7% 1,538
Total Votes 3,224

2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hedke won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 99. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hedke is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hedke raised a total of $34,392 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[7]

Dennis Hedke's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 99 Won $15,697
2008 Kansas Board of Education, District 8 Defeated $18,695
Grand Total Raised $34,392

2012

Hedke won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hedke raised a total of $15,697.

2008

Hedke won election to the Kansas Board of Education in 2008. During that election cycle, Hedke raised a total of $18,695.

Scorecards

Kansas Freedom Index

The Kansas Policy Institute, Kansas’s "first free market think tank," releases its legislator scorecard as a part of its Kansas Freedom Index for Kansas state representatives and senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score from 1%-100% based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Kansas Policy Institute thought were pro-limited government policies.[8]

2013

Dennis Hedke received a score of 64.0% in the 2013 index.[9]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Hedke's endorsements included the following:[10]

  • Kansas Chamber of Commerce
  • Kansas Association of Insurance Agents
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Kansas Bankers Association
  • Kansas Livestock Association
  • Kansas State Rifle Association
  • Kansas Farm Bureau
  • National Rifle Association

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Political offices
Preceded by
Aaron Jack
Kansas House of Representatives District 99
December 2010–present
Succeeded by
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