Ray Merrick

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Ray Merrick
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Kansas House of Representatives District 27
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker of the House
2013 - present
Majority Leader, Kansas State House
2006 – 2008
Compensation
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2000 – 2010
Education
Bachelor'sWashburn University, 1965
Personal
BirthdayOctober 18, 1939
Place of birthSmith, Alberta, Canada
ProfessionOwner, MJM Managment
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ray Merrick is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 27 and serving as since Speaker of the House. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012 and previously served from 2000 to 2011. He previously served in the Kansas State Senate from 2011 to 2013, filling a vacancy left by Jeff Colyer (R).

Biography

Merrick's professional experience includes owning MJM Management and serving as Senior Vice President/General Manager for both the Myron Green Cafeterias Company and Treat America.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Merrick served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Interstate Cooperation, Chair
Calendar and Printing, Vice-chair
Legislative Budget

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

Merrick's website lists some of his major goals as "tougher restrictions on sexual predators," "protecting Blue Valley and Olathe school districts," and "advocating responsible government and protecting our tax dollars."[2]

Online streaming

For important Kansas legislative committees, including the State Senate's Judiciary committee, technology existed to allow for live streaming video online for these committees, but the technology was hardly ever activated during the 2012-2013 legislative session. A spokesperson for Merrick stated that there were no plans to require that legislative committee meetings would be streamed online, despite the capability. "It’s at the discretion of the committee chair," she said.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Five challengers face off in the Democratic primary. Mark Manier faces Michael Ryan in the Republican primary.[4]

2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Merrick won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 27. Merrick ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Merrick ran for re-election to the 27th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He was also unopposed in the GOP primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7][8]

2008

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Merrick was re-elected to the 27th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Becky Ansley (D).[9] Merrick raised $84,742 for his campaign, while Ansley raised $14,593.[10]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 27
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngRaymond Merrick (R) 10,855 68.1%
Becky Ansley (D) 5,084 31.8%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Merrick is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Merrick raised a total of $378,653 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 12, 2013.[11]

Ray Merrick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 27 Won $76,187
2010 Kansas State House, District 27 Won $70,348
2008 Kansas State House, District 27 Won $84,742
2006 Kansas State House, District 27 Won $68,156
2004 Kansas State House, District 27 Won $28,345
2002 Kansas State House, District 27 Won $34,400
2000 Kansas State House, District 27 Won $16,475
Grand Total Raised $378,653

2012

Merrick won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Merrick raised a total of $76,187.
Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ray Merrick's campaign in 2012
AT&T$1,250
Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry$1,078
Kansas State Farm Insurance Agents$1,000
Farmers Insurance Group$1,000
Nextera Energy Resources$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$76,187
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Merrick won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Merrick raised a total of $70,348.

2008

Merrick won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Merrick raised a total of $84,742.

2006

Merrick won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Merrick raised a total of $68,156.

2004

Merrick won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Merrick raised a total of $28,345.

2002

Merrick won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Merrick raised a total of $34,400.

2000

Merrick won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Merrick raised a total of $16,475.

Scorecards

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.[12]

2013

Ray Merrick received a score of 64.0% in the 2013 index.[13]

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ray Merrick endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [14]

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See also

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Charlotte O'Hara (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 27
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Kansas State Senate District 7
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Pat Apple (R)
Preceded by
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Kansas House of Representatives District 27
2000–2011
Succeeded by
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