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|Kansas State Senate District 18|
|Shawnee County Sheriff|
|Place of birth||Ellsworth, Kansas|
Barta has served as Sheriff of Shawnee County since 2000. He was a member of the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War.
- See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012
Barta ran in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 18. Barta defeated Cristina Fischer and Gary L. Parnell in the Republican primary on August 7 and was defeated by Laura Kelly (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Kansas State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Laura Kelly Incumbent||51.7%||14,813|
|Kansas State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Cristina L. Fischer||12.8%||855|
|Gary L. Parnell||11.3%||756|
Barta and his wife Marcia have four children.
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