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Janice Pauls

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Janice Pauls
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Kansas House of Representatives District 102
Incumbent
In office
September 4, 1991 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Janice Pauls is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 102. She was first appointed to the chamber on September 4, 1991. A Democrat for most of her political career, Pauls announced her switch to the Republican Party on May 30, 2014.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Judiciary
Rules and Journal
Corrections and Juvenile Justice

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Policy positions

Pauls 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]

  • H 2206 Amendments to late term and partial birth abortion law. 03/05/2009[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Brian Davis faces Chris Givan in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Jan Pauls is unopposed in the Republican primary.

2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pauls won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 102. She faced Erich Bishop in the August 7 Democratic primary. The race remained too close to call, with Pauls leading Bishop by 7 votes.[4] Following a recount, Pauls was declared the winner on August 20 by a margin of 428-420.[5][6]

She defeated Dakota Bass (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 102, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Pauls Incumbent 66.3% 3,711
     Republican Dakota Bass 33.7% 1,890
Total Votes 5,601

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pauls won re-election to the 102nd District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. She was also unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]

2008

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Pauls was re-elected to the 102nd District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives with no opposition.[9] She raised $9,590 for her campaign.[10]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 102
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Pauls (D) 4,167 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pauls is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Pauls raised a total of $90,406 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[11]

Janice Pauls's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $24,167
2010 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $11,797
2008 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $9,590
2006 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $9,755
2004 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $6,300
2002 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $16,530
2000 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $5,414
1998 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $3,783
1996 Kansas State House, District 102 Won $3,070
Grand Total Raised $90,406

2012

Pauls won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $24,167.
Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Janice Pauls's campaign in 2012
UTU PAC$1,000
Kansas Medical Society$1,000
Kansas Bankers Association$1,000
Kansas Livestock Association$1,000
Kansas Contractors Association$800
Total Raised in 2012$24,167
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pauls won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $11,797.

2008

Pauls won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $9,590.

2006

Pauls won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $9,755.

2004

Pauls won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $6,300.

2002

Pauls won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $16,530.

2000

Pauls won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $5,414.

1998

Pauls won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $3,783.

1996

Pauls won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Pauls raised a total of $3,070.

Scorecards

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.[12]

2013

Janice Pauls received a score of 39.0% in the 2013 index.[13]

Controversies

Party switch

Pauls, a social conservative, switched her party affiliation from Democratic to Republican on May 30, 2014, following the end of the year's legislative session. She issued the following statement:

As the 2014 legislative session closes, I have made the relatively easy decision to go from Blue Dog Democrat to Blue Collar Republican. I am filing for reelection as a Republican simply because the Democrat leadership will no longer support candidates like myself who care about life issues and traditional family values. When I first came to the Kansas House, the Democrats were in the majority with many prolife members of our caucus and for many years the caucus leadership was majority prolife. My friend, the late Governor Joan Finney, was a strong prolife populist governor. That party has changed, I haven't changed. In 2012 I became the longest serving House member and also the last Democrat standing in the western half of the state of Kansas. I have watched over the years as the party leadership has refused to acknowledge the public rebuke of the political correctness now associated with the Kansas Democrat party. By giving priority to those who advocate for abortion, the homosexual agenda, and even gun control, the Democrats have lost much public support and lost elected representatives because of their ever more leftist image.

I think everyone knows my long standing support for working families and Labor. I have watched the various unions put huge amounts of funding into the Democrat party with little to show for it. They have fewer and fewer advocates in the House because Labor issues appear to be linked to the destructive social issues of abortion, LGBT, and anti-second amendment. This is not a winning association.

Public policy is what we elected officials are all about. I feel that the state of Kansas has a huge vested interest in promoting a policy of strong families. I support growing businesses, and business owners also have a huge vested interest in strong family structure in their workers and in their communities. Police officers, school teachers and business owners tell me what broken families cost us. They dominate the penal system, they require remedial efforts in the school systems, and in businesses, owners struggle to maintain a stable, loyal workforce. Conservatism on social issues is good for building sound families and is also very sound fiscal policy. Without basic moral family values, government can never find enough tax money to pay for all the programs and fixes of a society that jettisons traditional religious principles.

My jump to the Republican party should not be surprising to any of my fellow Democrats. They have seen the direction that the Party Chair and others have taken the Kansas Democrat party. My twenty years of loyalty to the Democrat party was met last election with official support from the party headquarters for the LGBT caucus that was attacking and trying to unseat me, the senior member of the Democrat House caucus. That was a clear demonstration to me of a new Democrat party policy and priority. The blue dogs are run off, Labor is at the back of the line, and political correctness rules even though it doesn't sell with the public. Also, when I saw wholesale mocking of the deeply held beliefs of the Catholic church on abortion and the religious freedom bill, I felt that it was time to go. I look forward to debating the issues and making Kansas and my community a better place to live, now with the Republican Party.[14][15]

Personal

Pauls has a husband, Ronald.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Kansas House of Representatives District 102
1991–present
Succeeded by
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