Dick Kelsey

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Dick Kelsey
Dick Kelsey.jpg
Kansas State Senate District 26
Former Member
In office
2009 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2005 – 2009
Bachelor'sFort Wayne Bible College (1969)
Master'sHyler Anderson College (1973)
Date of birthDecember 30, 1946
Place of birthCamden, New Jersey
ProfessionPresident, King's Camp Incorporated,
ReligionNon Denominational
Office website

Dick Kelsey is a former Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 26 from 2009 to 2013. He previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2005 to 2009.

Committee assignments


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


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


Sen. Kelsey's issue positions and what he supports, according to his website:[1]

  • Budget transparency
  • Less government spending
  • Tax decreases
  • Funds for maintaining and improving the public schools
  • Making abortion illegal
  • Tougher penalties for crime
  • Affordable health care and putting "Kansans in charge of their health care dollars."
  • Enforcing immigration laws; penalties for illegal immigrants
  • Business growth and private sector job growth

See also: Dick Kelsey issue positions from Project Vote Smart

Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Kelsey includes:[2]

  • An act repealing the Kansas insurance score act.[3]
  • A resolution regarding the right to bear arms.[4]
  • An amendment to have supreme court justices' appointments subject to consent of the Senate.[5]
  • A proposition to create a budget stabilization fund.[6]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Kelsey ran for re-election in 2012. He lost to Dan Kerschen in the August 7 Republican primary.[7]

Kansas State Senate, District 26 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Kerschen 57.6% 3,911
Dick Kelsey Incumbent 42.4% 2,883
Total Votes 6,794


See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4th, 2008, Kelsey was elected to the 26th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Pam Frieden (D).[8] Kelsey raised $44,271 for his campaign, while Frieden raised $39,366.[9]

Kansas State Senate, District 26 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngDick Kelsey (R) 19,492 61.4%
Pam Frieden (D) 12,223 38.5%

Campaign donors

In 2008, Kelsey collected $44,271 in donations.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee $2,800
Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry $2,000
Koch Industries $2,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $1,750


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


Dick Kelsey received a rating of 73% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Phillip Journey
Kansas State Senate District 26
Succeeded by
Dan Kerschen (R)