Dale Swenson

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Dale Swenson
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Candidate for
Kansas House of Representatives District 97
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives District 97
Date of birth03/02/1957
Place of birthWichita, Kansas
Dale Swenson was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 97 of the Kansas House of Representatives. He previously served in that seat as a Republican from 1995-2008, then as a Democrat from 2009-2011.

Policy Positions

Swenson refused to take Project Vote Smart's 2008 Political Courage Test. The test, which is administered to all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative offices, asks one central question - "Are you willing to tell citizens your positions on the issues you will most likely face on their behalf?"[1]

His answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test are available.

When running for the Kansas House in 1994, Swenson, according to a profile in the Wichita Eagle, was in favor of 12-year term limits for Legislature and Congress.

  • H 2217 Telephone solicitations; political calls; no-call list. 02/04/2009
  • H 2218 Healthy workplace act; abusive workplace environments. 02/04/2009
  • H 5003 Kansas constitutional amendment; equal rights; no discrimination based on sex. 01/23/2009[2]

Committee assignments

While a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Swenson served on the following committees:



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Swenson ran in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 97. He was unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Leslie Osterman (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Osterman Incumbent 58.4% 4,068
     Democratic Dale Swenson 41.6% 2,899
Total Votes 6,967


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Swenson was defeated in his bid for re-election to the 97th District seat against Leslie Osterman (R). Swenson had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]


On November 4, 2008, Swenson was elected to the 97th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Marilynn Powell (D).[6] Swenson raised $14,573 for his campaign, while Powell raised $0.[7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 97
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngDale Swenson (R) 3,719 61.4%
Marilynn Powell (D) 2,338 38.5%

Campaign donors

In 2008 Swenson collected $14,573 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Contractors Association $1,000
Missouri State Council of Service Employees $1,000
Kansas National Education Association $1,000
Kansas Trial Lawyers Association $1,000


Swenson and his wife Roberta have two children.[9]

Contact information

Capitol Office

Room: DSOB

Phone: 785-296-7677

Email: dale.swenson@house.ks.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 97
Succeeded by
Leslie Osterman (R)