Kansas State Senate District 24

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Kansas State Senate District 24
Current incumbentTom Arpke Republican Party
Ethnicity3% Black, 6.4% Hispanic[1]
Voting age74.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Kansas' twenty-fourth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Tom Arpke.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 71,161 civilians reside within Kansas' twenty-fourth state senate district.[2] Kansas state senators represent an average of 71,328 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 67,210 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Kansas State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Kansas legislators assume office the second Monday of January after their election.


Section 4 of Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution states, "During the time that any person is a candidate for nomination or election to the legislature and during the term of each legislator, such candidate or legislator shall be and remain a qualified elector who resides in his or her district."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Kansas legislature are paid $88.50/day. Additionally, legislators receive $118/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[3]


As of 2011, when pensions are calculated for Kansas legislators, their normal annual salary is inflated by nearly $78,000. This is composed of $32,982, which comes from multiplying their daily salary by 372 (the number of days they would work if in session every day and if every month had 31 days), $45,756 from adding in their daily per diem (also based on 372 days), and $7,083 from expense payments. According to Sen. Steve Morris, this is intended as compensation because of low legislative salaries which are seen as difficult to raise.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the senate.

The political party committee that last held the vacant seat must call for a convention within 21 days of the vacancy. The convention is designed to select the Governor's appointee and involves all the committeemen and committeewomen that represent the vacant senate district.[5]

The committeemen and committeewomen present for voting must approve a replacement on a simple majority vote. Once the vote has been conducted, the party committee must send the paperwork certifying the selection to the Governor within 24 hours or the next business day. The Governor has seven days after receiving the paperwork to act on the appointment.[6]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Kansas State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 11, 2012. Tom Arpke (R) defeated Janice Norlin (D) in the general election and defeated incumbent Pete Brungardt in the Republican primary. Norlin was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[7][8]

Kansas State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Arpke 56.5% 15,112
     Democratic Janice Norlin 43.5% 11,650
Total Votes 26,762
Kansas State Senate, District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Arpke 55.4% 5,413
Pete Brungardt Incumbent 44.6% 4,354
Total Votes 9,767

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Kansas State Senate District 24 have raised a total of $523,593. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $34,906 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Kansas State Senate District 24
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $177,824 3 $59,275
2010 $7,900 1 $7,900
2008 $121,667 3 $40,556
2006 $10,575 1 $10,575
2004 $105,604 2 $52,802
2002 $6,749 1 $6,749
2000 $93,274 4 $23,319
Total $523,593 15 $34,906

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