|Kansas State Senate District 8|
|January 14, 2013 - Present|
|January 9, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Kansas House of Representatives District 19|
|Date of birth||1956|
Denning earned his B.S. in Finance from Fort Hays State University. His professional experience includes working as a financial analyst for First International Bankshares and the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, CFO/CEO of Dallas Eye Institute, and CEO of Discover Vision Centers.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Denning served on the following committees:
|Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Ways and Means, Vice-chair|
|• Public Health and Welfare|
|• Financial Institutions and Insurance|
Denning served on the following committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:
|Kansas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight|
|• Health and Human Services|
Denning's website highlights the following campaign themes:
Economy and Jobs
- Excerpt: "I remain firm on the belief that government should create the legal framework, and regulate for fraud, checks and balances, but not directly participate in the marketplace."
- Excerpt: "I support strengthening the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase patient centered insurance."
- Excerpt: "Revamp the K-12 funding formula to keep Johnson County education dollars in our Johnson County Schools to benefit our kids."
Energy and Environment
- Excerpt: "I support development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, and natural gas. Reducing our dependence of foreign oil will make us safer as well as insulate our economy from external damage caused by oil price spikes."
- Excerpt: "I support the Second Amendment and believe that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms as a basic constitutional liberty."
- See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012
Denning won re-election in 2012. He defeated incumbent Thomas (Tim) C. Owens in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Lisa Johnston in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Kansas State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012|
|Kansas State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Tim Owens Incumbent||39.7%||3,161|
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 19 General Election (2010)|
|Jim Denning (R)||4,037|
|Dolores Furtado (D)||3,063|
|Jeffrey S. Caldwell (L)||192|
Comprehensive donor information for Denning is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Denning raised a total of $226,770 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 3, 2013.
|Jim Denning's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Kansas State Senate, District 8||$147,278|
|2010||Kansas State House, District 19||$79,492|
|Grand Total Raised||$226,770|
2012Denning won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Denning raised a total of $147,278.
|Kansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Denning's campaign in 2012|
|Crossland Construction Co||$3,000|
|Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$2,398|
|Discover Vision Surgery & Laser Center||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$147,278|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Denning won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Denning raised a total of $79,492.
|Kansas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Denning's campaign in 2010|
|Discover Vision Centers||$1,000|
|Discover Vision Surgery & Laser Center||$1,000|
|Physicians Hospitals of Kansas||$1,000|
|DVC Building Olathe LLC||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$79,492|
|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.
Jim Denning received a score of 72.4% in the 2013 index.
Denning and wife, Marearl, have two children.
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- Kansas State Senate
- Senate Committees
- Joint Committees
- Kansas state legislative districts
- Kansas State Legislature
- Official campaign website
- Sen. Denning's website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Jim Denning on Facebook
- Jim Denning on Twitter
- Jim Denning on LinkedIn
- Jim Denning on YouTube
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- "jimdenning4kansas," Official Campaign Website
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 31, 2014
- LJ World, "End may be coming for GOP moderates," July 22, 2012
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2010 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Denning, Jim," accessed June 3, 2013
- Kansas Policy Institute, "Freedom Index," accessed March 31, 2014
- 2013 Kansas Policy Index
Tim Owens (R)
|Kansas State Senate District 8
| Succeeded by|
Dolores Furtado (D)
|Kansas House of Representatives District 19
| Succeeded by|
Stephanie Clayton (R)