Geraldine Flaharty

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Geraldine Flaharty
Geraldine Flaharty.jpg
Kansas House of Representatives District 98
Former Member
In office
November 21, 1995 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWichita State University (1962)
Master'sWichita State University (1971)
Date of birthMarch 4, 1936
Place of birthParsons, Kansas
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Geraldine Flaharty is a former Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 98 from November 21, 1995 to 2013.

Since 1966 Flaharty has worked as a reading teacher at Oaklawn Elementary School. She has her B.S. and ME degrees from Wichita State University.

Flaharty has been involved with a number of community organizations, including the American Association of University Women, International Reading Association, Kansas National Education Association, Sedgwick County Zoo, and Wichita Center for the Arts.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


Flaharty 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?"[2]

Her answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test are available.

  • H 2218 Healthy workplace act; abusive workplace environments. 02/04/2009
  • H 2229 Adult care home and medical care facilities resident and patient visitation rights. 02/06/2009
  • H 2245 Fair credit reporting act, credit freeze. 02/05/2009
  • H 5003 Kansas constitutional amendment; equal rights; no discrimination based on sex. 01/23/2009[3]



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Flaharty ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 98. She was unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by District 96 incumbent Phil Hermanson (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 98, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Hermanson Incumbent 51% 3,108
     Democratic Geraldine Flaharty Incumbent 49% 2,982
Total Votes 6,090


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Flaharty won re-election to the 98th District seat against James Clendenin (R) and Dave Thomas (L). Flaharty had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 98 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Gatewood (D) 1,461
James Clendenin (R) 1,308
Dave Thomas (L) 132


On November 4, 2008, Flaharty was re-elected to the 98th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives with no opposition.[8] She raised $11,610 for her campaign.[9]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 98
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngGeraldine Flaharty (D) 3,560 100%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Flaharty received $32,240 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.[10]

Kansas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Geraldine Flaharty's campaign in 2010
Kansas National Education Association$1,000
Operating Engineers Local 101$1,000
Wichita-Hutchinson Labor Federation$1,000
Kansas Contractors Association$1,000
Kansas Optometric Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $32,240


In 2008 Flaharty collected $11,610 in donations.[11]

Four of her largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Contractors $500
Kansas Association of Realtors $500
Kansans for Lifesaving Cures $500
Kansas Contractors Association $500

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Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 98
Succeeded by
Phil Hermanson (R)