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J.R. Claeys
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Kansas House of Representatives District 69
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sKansas State University, 2001
Master'sGeorge Washington University, 2004
Office website
Jeremy Ryan Claeys (born February 13, 1978 in Salina, Kansas) is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 69. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Claeys earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 2001 and his master's degree from George Washington University in 2004. His professional experience includes working as the former President and CEO of National Association of Government Contractors.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Claeys served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Transportation and Public Safety Budget, Yes
Information Technology
Commerce, Labor and Economic Development


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


Federal government shutdown

As federal legislators failed to reach an agreement and allowed funding for the government to lapse in October 2013, several Republican state legislators spoke out against Republican members of the United States Congress, noting the shutdown hurt state and local governments and would likely lead to the public blaming Republicans for the gridlock. "As it is prolonged, people will start looking for someone to blame," Claeys said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "When they look for someone to blame, it will be House Republicans. Whether it is real or not, it does not matter." He continued to question the goal of the exercise, saying that "I think asking the president to sign something that defunds or postpones his signature domestic policy achievement is something that he will not budge on. ...I am not sure what the point is."[1]



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Gary Swartzendruber was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent J.R. Claeys was unopposed in the Republican primary. Claeys defeated Swartzendruber in the general election.[2][3]

Kansas House of Representatives District 69, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.R. Claeys Incumbent 61.2% 3,395
     Democratic Gary Swartzdruber 38.8% 2,154
Total Votes 5,549


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Claeys won election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 69. He defeated Bruce Wyatt in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Gary Swartzendruber (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 69, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.R. Claeys 53.9% 3,797
     Democratic Gary Swartzendruber 46.1% 3,242
Total Votes 7,039


Electoral results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Kris Kobach 50.7%
     Republican Party Elizabeth Ensley 27.0%
     Republican Party J.R. Claeys 22.3%
Total Votes 308,776

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Claeys is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Claeys raised a total of $146,319 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 19, 2013.[8]

J.R. Claeys's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 69 Won $35,802
2010 Kansas Secretary of State Defeated $110,517
Grand Total Raised $146,319


Claeys won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Claeys raised a total of $35,802.


Claeys lost the election for the Kansas Secretary of State in 2010. During that election cycle, Claeys raised a total of $110,517.


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.[9]


J. R. Claeys received a score of 68.0% in the 2013 index.[10]

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Preceded by
Tom Arpke (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 69
Succeeded by