Vincent Wetta

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Vincent Wetta
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Kansas House of Representatives District 80
Former Member
In office
2007 - 2013
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWichita State University (1996)
Personal
BirthdayDecember 5, 1945
Place of birthWichita, Kansas
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Vincent Wetta is a former Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 80 since 2007.

Wetta, who received his B.A. from Wichita State University, worked as a conductor/engineer with the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company for 40 years.

He has served as President and on the Board of Directors of the Panhandle Federal Credit Union, as well as being a member of the Crusader Club, Knights of Columbus, and Wellington Rotary Club.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

Wetta's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "helped create 1000 jobs in Sumner County. Support and Encourage the Oil Production in South-Central Kansas."

Property Taxes

  • Excerpt: "The 2012 Tax plan went too far. We will see a dramatic rise in property taxes as local entities try to provide services."

Quality Education

  • Excerpt: "Consolidating rural schools is not an option. We need to fund our schools."

Seniors

  • Excerpt: "Meals on Wheels and other services for the elderly are in serious jeopardy."

Pro-Life

  • Excerpt: "100% pro-life voting record. I believe that life begins at conception."

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wetta served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Wetta served on the following committees:

Issues

Wetta's answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available.

When asked in the test to list his legislative goals, he stated "Energy issues are the #1 priority at this time. Transportation issues will be very important & we need to start getting ready for the future."

  • H 2084 Cities; annexation; strip annexations restricted. 03/17/2009
  • H 2245 Fair credit reporting act, credit freeze. 02/05/2009
  • H 2248 Sales tax exemption for certain organizations which provide services for seniors. 02/05/2009
  • H 5003 Kansas constitutional amendment; equal rights; no discrimination based on sex. 01/23/2009[2]

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wetta ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 116. He was unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Kyle D. Hoffman (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 116, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKyle Hoffman Incumbent 58.7% 5,352
     Democratic Vincent Wetta Incumbent 41.3% 3,768
Total Votes 9,120

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wetta won re-election to the 80th District seat against Ellen Janoski (R). Wetta had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 80 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Wetta (D) 3,551
Ellen Janoski (R) 3,326

2008

On November 4, 2008, Wetta was re-elected to the 80th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives with no opposition.[7] He raised $30,517 for his campaign.[8]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 80
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Wetta (D) 7,297 100%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Wetta received $41,763 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.[9]

Kansas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vincent Wetta's campaign in 2010
AT&T$1,000
Kansas Medical Society$1,000
Kansas Optometric Association$1,000
Kansas National Education Association$1,000
Ggnsc Administrative Services$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $41,763

2008

In 2008 Wetta collected $30,517 in donations.[10]

Four of his largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kimball Insurance Agency Inc. $1,000
Kansas Contractors Association $600
Kansas Medical Society $500
Shank, Heather & Scott $500

Personal

Vincent Wetta has been married to his wife Marilyn for 45 years. They have three sons and have 11 grandchildren.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Kansas House of Representatives District 80
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Kasha Kelley (R)