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Kent Leonhardt
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West Virginia State Senate, District 2
In office
2015 - present
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 0
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri-Columbia, 1976
Master'sCentral Michigan University, 1984
Military service
Service/branchUnited State Marine Corps
Years of service20
Office website
Campaign website
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Kent Leonhardt is a Republican member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Leonhardt was a Republican candidate for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture in the 2012 elections.


Leonhardt earned his bachelor's degree in Fish and Game Management from the University of Missouri–Columbia in 1976, and his master's degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University in 1984.[1] Leonhardt retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1996 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.[1] Currently, Leonhardt and his wife own a 380 acre farm.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Leonhardt served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Development
Government Organization
Health and Human Resources
Military, Chair
Natural Resources
Transportation and Infrastructure, Vice-Chair


Campaign themes


Leonhardt's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "People continue to leave WV (and the 2nd District) for work and opportunities. What has our leadership in Charleston and our representatives done to stop this drain on our state? Nothing. I will do something about this."
  • Veterans Issues
Excerpt: "West Virginia provides more service members per capita than any other state in the nation. Yet according to Military Officer Magazine, November 2013 issue, West Virginia falls way behind states like Texas and nearby Tennessee in welcoming home returning veterans. The fixes aren’t hard if there is someone willing to take up the charge. I will."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "As a gun owner and staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment, I will fight every day in Charleston to maintain our Constitutionally protected rights, while those in Washington and liberals want to take them away."
  • Business Climate
Excerpt: "West Virginia is known for maintaining a less than friendly business climate. As a small businessman, I understand both the challenges and opportunities that exist in turniing [sic] a profit in our state and economy. I am dedicated to creating an enviroment [sic] that will encourage other businesses to open their doors and create jobs in northewest [sic] West Virginia."
  • Education
Excerpt: "West Virginia students score below the national average in 21 of 24 performance standards. And every year West Virginia has to get a waver against the No Child Left Behind requirements. The recent Efficiency Audit shows we get a very poor return for our buck. We are a long way from addressing those deficiencies."
  • Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Our roads and bridges especially in rural areas, like most of the 2nd District, are deteriorating and our Governor and Legislature have commissioned another study on what to do. Our ditches are full of debris, with our clay soils drainage has to be the road priority. Our road ditches should not be biological filters. We have to get ahead of the game on this. We have limited resources to direct to our roads, we must find better ways to keep up with the road maintenance."
  • Coal Industry
Excerpt: "I strongly support the coal industry and the coal miners."



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent Larry Edgell was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Kent Leonhardt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Leonhardt defeated Edgell and Jeffrey Jarrell (Constitution) in the general election.[4][5]

West Virginia State Senate District 2, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Leonhardt 50% 13,034
     Democratic Larry John Edgell Incumbent 47.4% 12,358
     Constitution Jeffrey Jarrell 2.6% 681
Total Votes 26,073


See also: West Virginia down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Leonhardt ran for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012.[6] He was unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8 and was defeated by state senator Walt Helmick in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

Incumbent Gus Douglass (D) did not run for re-election.

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWalt Helmick 51.5% 268,879
     Republican Kent Leonhardt 48.5% 252,783
Total Votes 521,662
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.

Campaign donors

Leonhardt lost the election to the position of West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Leonhardt raised a total of $148,560.


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Leonhardt and his wife, Shirley, own Leonhardt Farm located in Fairview, West Virginia. They also support the Morgantown farmer’s market.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry John Edgell (D)
West Virginia State Senate District 2
Succeeded by