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Mary Pilcher-Cook

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Mary Pilcher-Cook
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Kansas State Senate District 10
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2000 – 2002, 2004 - 2008
Education
Bachelor'sAvila College (1993)
Associate'sJohnson County Community College
Master'sAvila College (1997)
Personal
ProfessionSoftware Engineers/Business Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification

Mary Pilcher-Cook is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 10. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. She previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2008.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pilcher-Cook served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Public Health and Welfare, Chair
Judiciary
Commerce
Assessment and Taxation
Organization, Calendar and Rules

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Medical marijuana

Pilcher-Cook, the chairwoman of the Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare, has left untouched legislation that would establish rules and regulations for medical marijuana in Kansas. Pilcher-Cook opposed the medical marijuana legislation in 2013. Pilcher-Cook did not comment on whether or not she would allow a hearing on Senate Bill 9, called the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act. “I don’t think the Legislature would be for it. We have a very limited session. You have to look at the opportunity costs,” Pilcher-Cook said in an interview. The bill was originally submitted in January 2013.[1]

Campaign themes

What Sen. Pilcher-Cook supports according to her website[2]

  • Increased visibility and reporting of education funding. Use more local options for education funding.
  • Limited government
  • Fiscal discipline
  • Lower taxes
  • Encouraging immigration, but penalties for illegal immigration
  • Pro-life

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mary Pilcher-Cook endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Pilcher-Cook won re-election in 2012. She defeated Tom Wertz in the Republican primary on August 7 and defeated Mark J. Greene in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Kansas State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Pilcher-Cook 58.2% 19,392
     Democratic Mark J. Greene Incumbent 41.8% 13,900
Total Votes 33,292
Kansas State Senate, District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Pilcher-Cook Incumbent 64.3% 4,514
Tom Wertz 35.7% 2,509
Total Votes 7,023

2008

On November 4, 2008, Pilcher-Cook was elected to the 10th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Pete Roman (D).[6] Pilcher-Cook raised $98,984 for her campaign, while Roman raised $94,778.[7]

Kansas State Senate, District 10 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Pilcher (R) 21,637 54.9%
Pete Roman (D) 17,713 45.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pilcher-Cook is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Pilcher-Cook raised a total of $216,323 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 3, 2013.[8]

Mary Pilcher-Cook's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State Senate, District 10 Won $105,969
2010 Kansas State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $11,370
2008 Kansas State Senate, District 10 Won $98,984
Grand Total Raised $216,323

2012

Pilcher-Cook won re-election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pilcher-Cook raised a total of $105,969.
Kansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Pilcher-Cook's campaign in 2012
Kansas Replublican Senatorial Comm$3,500
Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry$3,062
Kansas Republican Senatorial Cmte$2,950
Kansas Physical Therapy Association$2,000
Egan, Donna R & Michael T$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$105,969
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pilcher-Cook was not up for election to the Kansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Pilcher-Cook raised a total of $11,370.

2008

Pilcher-Cook won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Pilcher-Cook raised a total of $98,984.

Scorecards

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."[9] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.

2010

Mary Pilcher-Cook received a rating of 93% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index. Pilcher Cook's score of 93% was the highest of any senator.[10]

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.[11]

2013

Mary Pilcher-Cook received a score of 77.6% in the 2013 index.[12]

Personal

Pilcher-Cook and her husband, Donald, have five children.[13]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Nick Jordan
Kansas State Senate District 10
2009–present
Succeeded by
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