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Greg Orman

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Greg Orman
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Kansas
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Campaign website
Greg Orman campaign logo
Greg Orman was a 2014 non-affiliated candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Kansas.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Pat Roberts in the general election on November 4, 2014.

When Democratic candidate Chad Taylor (D) announced that he would withdraw from the race, Orman received both Republican and Democratic support.[2]

Orman previously ran as a Democratic candidate against Pat Roberts in January 2008 before withdrawing in February 2008.[3]


Orman graduated from Princeton University in 1991 with an economics degree. He then worked for the McKinsey & Company consulting firm until 1994, when he left to run Environmental Lighting Concepts (ELC). He later sold most of the company to Kansas City Power & Light and managed KCP&L's energy services operation. Orman founded Denali Partners, LLC, in 2004 and has worked with it since.[4]


Campaign themes


Orman's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Job Creation - Innovation: "As the world economy has become more interconnected,American workers have increasingly had to compete on a global scale. While manufacturing workers have had to deal with this reality for some time,advances in information technology have made foreign competition for jobs a reality for knowledge workers as well."
  • Creating Jobs and Strengthening Our Economy: "It is government’s job to create an environment that is conducive to job growth. And we’re not doing that. We’ve created such uncertainty with our inability to come together and solve problems that it’s made it difficult for businesses to choose to invest in the United States. We’re our own worst enemy when it comes to creating jobs in this country because the dysfunction in Washington doesn’t inspire confidence."
  • Illegal Immigration: "Illegal immigration is yet another example of how Washington is failing us by refusing to act on a constructive solution. When Senator Roberts was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, we had fewer than three million undocumented workers in this country and today we have 11 million. Clearly, for many of our current elected leaders, the only thing they want to do about illegal immigration is grandstand and use it to generate voter support without any real intention of doing anything constructive to solve the problem."
  • Education: "While public education is primarily a state-based issue, there can be a national voice in encouraging innovation and high achievement for every child. We need to find ways to improve the quality of education available during a child's formative years so that they're prepared later in life to take advantage of every opportunity to achieve the American Dream. At the same time we must get spending under control so that we will be able to make these investments."
  • Taxes: "We need to take a comprehensive look at our tax code and drastically simplify it. We must stop picking winners and losers through the tax code. We need to keep the current progressive tax system, but make it simple enough so that Americans can do their own taxes and every American pays some amount in taxes. That way we can lower overall rates, reduce the regulatory and compliance burden on American citizens and companies, but still have the revenue we need to defend our nation and our national interests, take care of our most vulnerable, and invest in the next generation of Americans by finding a path toward sustainable , responsible economic growth and new jobs."


—Greg Orman's campaign website,



See also: United States Senate elections in Kansas, 2014

Orman ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Kansas.[1] Orman ran as a non-affiliated candidate. After the announcement from Chad Taylor (D) on September 3, 2014, that he withdrew from the race, Orman became a high-profile candidate.[7] Greg Orman lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Kansas General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Roberts Incumbent 53.1% 460,350
     Independent Greg Orman 42.5% 368,372
     Libertarian Randall Batson 4.3% 37,469
Total Votes 866,191
Source: Kentucky Secretary of State Official Results


  • The board of Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, an organization of roughly 70 former Republican office holders, endorsed Orman over Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. Jim Yonally, the chairman of the group, said "We believe Greg Orman is the best qualified candidate for the office of United States senator from Kansas. Our members know leadership, because they’ve been in leadership. They’ve been on the front line."[8]
  • Women for Kansas, a group that endorsed Democratic candidates in other Kansas races, endorsed Orman.[9]


General election match-up
Poll Pat Roberts (R) Chad Taylor (D)Randall Batson (L)Greg Orman (I)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
October 22-26, 2014
Gravis Marketing
October 20-21, 2014
Remington Research Group
October 9-12, 2014
Public Policy Polling
October 9-12, 2014
CNN Opinion Research
October 2-6, 2014
NBC News/Marist
September/October 27-1, 2014
Public Policy Polling
September 11-14, 2014
September 4-7, 2014
Public Policy Polling
August 14-17, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
August 6-7, 2014
July 17-22, 2014
June 19-23, 2014
Public Policy Polling
February 18-20, 2014
AVERAGES 40.77% 13.77% 2.38% 30% 10.38% +/-3.31 979.31
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Orman and his wife, Sybil, live in Olathe.[4]

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