|Former candidate for|
|Kansas Secretary of State|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Kansas State Senate District 25|
|High school||Independence High School|
|Bachelor's||University of New Mexico (1972)|
|Master's||University of New Mexico (1973)|
|Ph.D.||Wichita State University (1981)|
|Date of birth||June 11, 1950|
|Place of birth||Cherry Point, North Carolina|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Jean Schodorf was the Democratic nominee for Kansas Secretary of State in the 2014 elections. Schodorf was unopposed in the August 5 Democratic primary on August 5 and was defeated by Republican incumbent Kris Kobach in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Schodorf is a former Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 25 from 2001-2013. She served as the Assistant Majority Whip during the latter portion of her tenure as a state senator. Schodorf ran for re-election in 2012, but lost in the August GOP primary, a victim of what was cast as a statewide purge of the chamber's moderate Republican members.
Hours after her term of office ended, Schodorf announced plans to change her party affiliation. She is now a registered Democrat.
From 1989 to 2000, she was on the Board of Education for Unified School District 259 and was the Board President in 1993, 1997 and 1999.
Schodorf was born on a Marine Corps base in North Carolina and grew up on a family farm in Independence, Kan. She works as a speech and language pathologist with children and senior citizens in the Wichita area. She served on the Wichita school board for 12 years, including three years as board president.
- Bachelor's degree in communicative disorders, University of New Mexico
- Master's degree in communicative disorders, University of New Mexico
- Doctorate degree in communicative disorders, Wichita State University
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schodorf served on these committees:
- Joint Committee on Arts and Cultural Resources, Vice Chair
- Confirmation Oversight
- Education, Chair
- Interstate Cooperation
- Joint Committee on Legislative Educational Planning, Chair
- Ways and Means
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Schodorf served on these committees:
- Joint Committee on Arts and Cultural Resources (Chair)
- Education (Chair)
- Joint Committee on Legislative Educational Planning (Vice Chair)
- Business & Labor
- Confirmation Oversight
- Interstate Cooperation
- Ways and Means
Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Schodorf includes:
- A resolution opposing relocation of Guantanamo detainees to Kansas.
- A resolution regarding the right to bear arms
- See also: Kansas secretary of state election, 2014
Schodorf ran for election to the office of Kansas Secretary of State. Schodorf was uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the August 5 primary, and faced Republican incumbent Kris Kobach in the general election. Jean Schodorf lost the general election on November 4, 2014.
|Secretary of State of Kansas, 2014|
|Republican||Kris Kobach Incumbent||59.2%||508,926|
|Election Results via Kansas Secretary of State.|
|Kansas Secretary of State - General Election 2014|
|Poll||Kris Kobach* (R)||Jean Schodorf (D)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Public Policy Polling (D)|
September 11-14, 2014
September 30-October 1, 2014
|Public Policy Polling|
October 9-12, 2014
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.
- See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012
Schodorf was one of eight Republican incumbents that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee targeted for defeat in 2012. It saw the eight incumbents as being impediments to private sector job creation and has made $1,000 donations and in-kind contributions to the Republican challengers.
|Kansas State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jean Schodorf Incumbent||41.2%||1,949|
On her campaign website, Schodorf outlines her position on three main issues:
- Strong Schools: "Our schools are continually asked to do more with less, but we cannot afford to balance our budget on the backs of our children and teachers. Jean Schodorf recognizes that investing today ensures that our kids and grandkids — the next generation of business, community and religious leaders — will have the skills they need to be successful."
- Economic Development and Jobs: "With a highly skilled workforce and a strong business infrastructure, Wichita is poised for economic growth. But, we must maintain critical elements of that infrastructure in order to protect our aircraft interests and attract new employers to our region."
- Fiscal Responsibility: "During these difficult economic times, we must all do more with less and government is no different. Jean Schodorf helped identify nearly $2 billion in spending cuts over the past few years and she has helped balance the budget every year she has been in office."
On April 20, 2010, Schodorf filed to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.
On November 4, 2008, Schodorf was re-elected to the 25th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Hibbard Davis (D). Schodorf raised $49,731 for her campaign, while Davis raised $795.
|Kansas State Senate, District 25 (2008)|
|Jean Schodorf (R)||16,016||62.6%|
|Hibbard Davis (D)||9,530||37.3%|
In 2008 Schodorf collected $49,731 in donations.
Her four largest contributors were:
|Kansas Association of Realtors||$2,000|
|Kansas National Education Association||$2,000|
|Kansas Contractors Association||$1,900|
|Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee||$1,800|
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." Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.
Jean Schodorf received a rating of 18% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.
Schodorf has three children. She and her brother Bill operate the family farm in Independence.
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- Official campaign website
- Kansas State Senate Website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Project Vote Smart Legislative Profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
- State Surge Profile
- Jean Schodorf on Facebook
- Jean Schodorf on Twitter
- Saline Journal, "Schodorf to run for secretary of state," September 25, 2013
- Kansas City Star Midwest Democracy, "In case there’s any doubt: Kris Kobach running for re-election in 2014," February 1, 2013, accessed July 1, 2013
- Huffington Post, "http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/jean-schodorf-democrat_n_2473138.html"
- Jean for Kansas, "About," accessed July 26, 2012 (dead link)
- SR 1606 (dead link)
- SR 1611 (dead link)
- Lawrence Journal World, "Business lobby, aided by $36,000 from Koch Industries, targets eight Republican incumbents in state Senate for defeat," January 10, 2012
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
- Jean for Kansas, "Issues," accessed July 26, 2012 (dead link)
- KTKA, "Kansas state senator files in 4th District race," April 20, 2010
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2008 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Kansas 2008 - General Election Results," accessed March 29, 2014
- Jean Schodorf 2008 campaign contributions
- Kansas Economic Freedom Index, "Homepage," accessed January 13, 2012
- Kansas Economic Freedom Index, "2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index," May 18, 2010
|Kansas State Senate District 25
| Succeeded by|
Michael O'Donnell (R)