|Kansas House of Representatives District 69|
|January 14, 2013 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||Kansas State University (2001)|
|Master's||George Washington University (2004)|
Claeys earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 2001 and his master's degree from George Washington University in 2004. His professional experience includes working as the former President and CEO of National Association of Government Contractors.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Claeys served on the following committees:
|Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Commerce, Labor and Economic Development|
|• Federal and State Affairs|
Federal government shutdown
As federal legislators failed to reach an agreement and allowed funding for the government to lapse in October 2013, several Republican state legislators spoke out against Republican members of the United States Congress, noting the shutdown hurt state and local governments and would likely lead to the public blaming Republicans for the gridlock. "As it is prolonged, people will start looking for someone to blame," Claeys said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "When they look for someone to blame, it will be House Republicans. Whether it is real or not, it does not matter." He continued to question the goal of the exercise, saying that "I think asking the president to sign something that defunds or postpones his signature domestic policy achievement is something that he will not budge on. ...I am not sure what the point is."
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. Gary Swartzendruber was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent J.R. Claeys was unopposed in the Republican primary. Claeys defeated Swartzendruber in the general election.
Claeys won election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 69. He defeated Bruce Wyatt in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Gary Swartzendruber (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 69, General Election, 2012|
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 69 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Bruce H. Wyatt||47.9%||1,029|
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary|
|Republican Party||Kris Kobach||50.7%|
|Republican Party||Elizabeth Ensley||27.0%|
|Republican Party||J.R. Claeys||22.3%|
Comprehensive donor information for Claeys is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Claeys raised a total of $146,319 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 19, 2013.
|J.R. Claeys's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Kansas State House, District 69||$35,802|
|2010||Kansas Secretary of State||$110,517|
|Grand Total Raised||$146,319|
2012Claeys won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Claeys raised a total of $35,802.
|Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to J.R. Claeys's campaign in 2012|
|Claeys, J R||$15,000|
|J R Claeys||$5,000|
|Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$1,000|
|Kansas Association of Realtors||$500|
|Kansas Contractors Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$35,802|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Claeys lost the election for the Kansas Secretary of State in 2010. During that election cycle, Claeys raised a total of $110,517.
|Kansas Secretary of State 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to J.R. Claeys's campaign in 2010|
|Claeys, J R||$100,000|
|Semmel & Associates||$2,000|
|Payment Processing Consultants||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$110,517|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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.
J. R. Claeys received a score of 68.0% in the 2013 index.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "J.R. + Claeys + Kansas + House"
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- Rep. Claeys' website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- J.R. Claeys on Facebook
- J.R. Claeys on Twitter
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- The Huffington Post, "Republican State Legislators Call For End To Shutdown," October 3, 2013
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed September 15, 2014
- Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2014 General (unofficial)," accessed September 15, 2014
- Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2012 primary (official)," accessed July 9, 2012
- C-SPAN, "Kansas - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 2012
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 31, 2014
- Kansas Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
- followthemoney.org, "Claeys, J.R.," accessed June 19, 2013
- Kansas Policy Institute, "Freedom Index," accessed March 31, 2014
- 2013 Kansas Policy Index
Tom Arpke (R)
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