Shanti Gandhi

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Shanti Gandhi
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Kansas House of Representatives District 52
Former member
In office
January 14, 2013 - 2015
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
M.D.University of Bombay
Shanti Gandhi is a former Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 52 from 2012 to 2014. Gandhi did not seek re-election in 2014.


Gandhi earned his M.D. from the University of Bombay. His professional experience includes working as a cardiovascular surgeon.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Social Services Budget
Federal and State Affairs


Campaign themes


Gandhi's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Preserve personal freedom

  • Excerpt: "Personal freedom is one of the basic tenets this country was founded on and is gradually being eroded."

Limit size of the government

  • Excerpt: "In Kansas, it will be one of the most important task of the legislature to contain the size of our government. This will allow the small businesses to grow which is the engine that drives our economy."

Control Government Spending

  • Excerpt: "Our national debt is mounting by the minute. It is going up at the rate of more than $2.8 million every minute."

Balanced Budget

  • Excerpt: "If we expect people to live within their means, the government has an obligation to do so."



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gandhi won election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 52. Gandhi defeated WM. Scott Hesse and Dick Jones in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Ted Ensley (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShanti Gandhi 54.4% 6,472
     Democratic Ted Ensley 45.6% 5,425
Total Votes 11,897

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gandhi is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Gandhi raised a total of $31,756 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 19, 2013.[3]

Shanti Gandhi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 52 Won $31,756
Grand Total Raised $31,756


Gandhi won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gandhi raised a total of $31,756.


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.[4]


Shanti Gandhi received a score of 66.0% in the 2013 index.[5]


Gandhi and his wife, Susan, have four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lana Gordon (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 52
Succeeded by
Dick Jones (R)