John Vratil

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John Vratil
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Kansas State Senate District 11
Former Member
In office
1999 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas (1967)
J.D.Kansas University School of Law (1971)
OtherUniversity of Exeter, England
Date of birthOctober 28, 1945
Place of birthGreat Bend, Kansas
Office website

John Vratil is a former Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing the District 11 from 1999 to 2013 and serving as the Vice President of the Senate from 2003 to 2013.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Vratil served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Vratil served on these committees:



John Vratil issue positions on Project Vote Smart
Vratil on Education Policy Today

Sen. Vratil sponsored a bill raising retirement pensions for school employees[1]. Many of Sen. Vratil's legislative efforts are educationally-focused.

Proposed constitutional amendment

Proposed a constitutional amendment that would require lawmakers to put money equal to 1 percent of the state's general fund revenues in a rainy day fund whenever those tax revenues are 3 percent larger than the previous year. Those contributions then would continue until the fund equaled 7.5 percent of the state's general fund budget. [1]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012


Vratil is one of eight Republican incumbents that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has targeted for defeat in 2012. It sees the eight incumbents as being impediments to private sector job creation and has made $1,000 donations and in-kind contributions to the Republican challengers.[2]


On November 4, 2008, Vratil was re-elected to the 11th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Robert MacFarland (D).[3] Vratil raised $133,759 for his campaign, while MacFarland raised $1,815.[4]

Kansas State Senate, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Vratil (R) 25,027 66.5%
Robert MacFarland (D) 12,605 33.5 %

Campaign donors


In 2008 Vratil collected $133,759 in donations.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Medical Society $2,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $2,000
Hallmark Cards $2,000
Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee $1,800


Kansas Economic Freedom Index

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index is a project of Bob Weeks, creator of the blog Voice For Liberty in Wichita. The purpose of the Index "is to identify Kansas legislators who vote in favor of economic freedom — and those who don’t."[6] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.


John Vratil received a rating of 27% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Keith Schraad
Kansas State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Jeff Melcher (R)