Jim Barnett

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Jim Barnett
Kansas Senate District 17
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
October 1, 2010
Political party Republican
Jim Barnett was a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 17 from 2001 until his resignation on October 1, 2010. Barnett resigned to run for Jerry Moran's U.S. House seat, but lost in the primary.[1] He was a member of the Unified School District from 1991 to 1999 and in 2003. He served as the Board's president from 1993 to 1997 and in 2003.

Barnett recently announced his resignation from the Kansas Senate and his intention to join a Topeka medical practice.[2]

Policy Positions

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Barnett includes:

  • A bill to repeal the franchise tax[3]
  • A resolution to amend the No Child Left Behind Act[4]
  • A resolution supporting the creation of a U.S. laser defense program[5]
  • A resolution proclaiming states' rights[6]
  • A resolution to establish a budget stabilization fund[7]

Committee assignments

Sen. Barnett serves on these legislative committees:[8]



Barnett did not run for re-election on November 2, but instead ran for Jerry Moran's US House seat. Barnett lost in the August primary.[1]


On November 4, 2008, Barnett was re-elected to the 17th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Kitty Frank (D).[9] In 2008 Barnett raised $80,587 for his campaign, while Frank raised $9,139.[10]

Kansas State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Barnett (R) 17,709 70.0%
Kitty Frank (D) 7,579 30.0%

Campaign donors


In 2008 Barnett collected $80,587 in donations.[11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee $6,800
Lincoln Village Mobile Home Park $2,000
Kansas Medical Society $2,000
Emporia Head and Neck $2,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gerald "Jerry" Karr
Kansas Senate District 17
2001–October 1, 2010
Succeeded by
Jeff Longbine