Jean Schodorf

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Jean Schodorf
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Former candidate for
Kansas Secretary of State
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas State Senate District 25
High schoolIndependence High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Mexico (1972)
Master'sUniversity of New Mexico (1973)
Ph.D.Wichita State University (1981)
Date of birthJune 11, 1950
Place of birthCherry Point, North Carolina
ProfessionSpeech/Language Pathologist
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website

Jean Schodorf was the Democratic nominee for Kansas Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]


  • 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[4]

Committee assignments


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


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


See: Jean Schodorf issue positions from Project Vote Smart

Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Schodorf includes:

  • A resolution opposing relocation of Guantanamo detainees to Kansas.[5]
  • A resolution regarding the right to bear arms[6]



See also: Kansas secretary of state election, 2014

Schodorf ran for election to the office of Kansas Secretary of State.[1] 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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKris Kobach Incumbent 59.2% 508,926
     Democratic Jean Schodorf 40.8% 350,692
Total Votes 859,618
Election Results via Kansas Secretary of State.


Kansas Secretary of State - General Election 2014
Poll Kris Kobach* (R) Jean Schodorf (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (D)
September 11-14, 2014
Gravis Marketing
September 30-October 1, 2014
Public Policy Polling
October 9-12, 2014
AVERAGES 44.67% 42.33% 13% +/-2.9 1,086.33
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.[7]

Schodorf ran for re-election in 2012. She lost in the August 7 Republican primary to Michael O'Donnell. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Kansas State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael O'Donnell 58.8% 2,785
Jean Schodorf Incumbent 41.2% 1,949
Total Votes 4,734

Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Schodorf outlines her position on three main issues:[9]

  • 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.[10]


On November 4, 2008, Schodorf was re-elected to the 25th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Hibbard Davis (D).[11] Schodorf raised $49,731 for her campaign, while Davis raised $795.[12]

Kansas State Senate, District 25 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJean Schodorf (R) 16,016 62.6%
Hibbard Davis (D) 9,530 37.3%

Campaign donors

In 2008 Schodorf collected $49,731 in donations.[13]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
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."[14] 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.[15]


Schodorf has three children. She and her brother Bill operate the family farm in Independence.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Ranson
Kansas State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
Michael O'Donnell (R)