Ty Masterson

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Ty Masterson
Kansas State Senate District 16
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 6
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2005 – 2008
Place of birthEl Dorado, Kansas
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Campaign website

Ty Masterson is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2005 to 2008. He also served on the Andover, Kansas City Council.

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Ways and Means, Chair
Organization, Calendar and Rules


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


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



Redistricting was a contentious issue during the 2012 session. In early April, Masterson described the situation, “In ‘Star Trek’ vernacular, shields are up, and weapons are hot.”[1]

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Masterson includes:

  • A bill to repeal the insurance score act[2]
  • A resolution to encourage the creation of a U.S. laser defense program[3]
  • A resolution to establish a budget stabilization fund[4]
  • A resolution regarding the selection of supreme court justices[5]

Campaign themes

Sen. Masterson's priorities on the issues[6]:

  • Lower taxes
  • Pro-life
  • Traditional family values
  • Educational choice
  • Limited government
  • Government accountability and transparency
  • Encourage new industries
  • Against illegal immigration
  • Clean energy



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Masterson ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 16. Masterson was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]


On November 4, 2008, Masterson was elected to the 16th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Peter DeVries (D).[9] In 2008 Masterson raised $90,902 for his campaign, while DeVries raised $62,579.[10]

Kansas State Senate, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngTy Masterson (R) 18,069 63.5%
Peter DeVries (D) 10,372 36.5%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Masterson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Masterson raised a total of $239,873 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[11]

Ty Masterson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State Senate, District 16 Won $115,668
2010 Kansas State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $11,462
2008 Kansas State Senate, District 16 Won $90,902
2006 Kansas State House, District 99 Won $21,841
Grand Total Raised $239,873


Masterson won re-election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Masterson raised a total of $115,668.
Kansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ty Masterson's campaign in 2012
Kansas Republican Senatorial Cmte$6,450
Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry$2,818
Steven II, Rodney L$2,000
Cox Communications$2,000
Farmers Insurance Group$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$115,668
Source:Follow the Money


Masterson was not up for election to the Kansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Masterson raised a total of $11,462.


Masterson won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Masterson raised a total of $90,902.


Masterson won election to the Kansas House of Represenatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Masterson raised a total of $21,841.


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."[12] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.


Ty Masterson received a rating of 87% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[13]

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.[14]


Ty Masterson received a score of 69.0% in the 2013 index.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peggy Palmer
Kansas State Senate District 16
Succeeded by