Milack Talia

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Milack Talia
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Candidate for
Kansas House of Representatives District 18
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives District 23
Campaign website
Milack Talia was a Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 23rd District. He served from 2009-2011. Talia was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 18 of the Kansas House of Representatives.

Prior to his election, Talia worked as a lawyer and an engineer. He previously ran unsuccessfully for the House in 2006.[1]


Campaign themes

Talia's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt: "[W]e need to help businesses operate easier and invest in job-creation and growth."
  • Excerpt: "Kansas must renew its commitment to providing economic opportunity and security for everyone."
  • Excerpt: "I will work with fellow business owners to write a bill designed to help small businesses increase cash flow so we can hire and retain workers and invest in more equipment and machinery."
  • Excerpt: "There are ways to find savings and increase efficiencies to keep workers employed and maintain benefits."
  • Excerpt: "[W]e need to get people back to work, ensure businesses and wage growth, and support local businesses in Shawnee—and the rest of Kansas."

Policy positions

Talia's website lists his legislative priorities as "providing the best education for Kansas children, ensuring prosperity for workers and businesses, reducing health care costs for Kansas families."[2]

He 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?"[3]

Talia's answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test are available.

  • H 2256 Elections; allowing early voter registration for 14-17 year olds. 02/05/2009
  • H 2257 Overtime compensation as time off for private employees; family-time flexibility agreements. 02/05/2009
  • H 2261 Income tax deduction for certain amounts withdrawn from retirement account to pay qualifying business expenses of taxpayer's business. 02/05/2009
  • H 5014 Expanded rail service; Kansas City to Fort Worth, Texas; congratulating Kansas Department of Transportation and others; urging action. 03/17/2009[4]

Committee assignments

While a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Talia served on the following committees:



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Talia ran for election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 18. Talia ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by John Rubin (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Rubin Incumbent 53.7% 6,057
     Democratic Milack Talia 46.3% 5,215
Total Votes 11,272


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Talia lost his bid for re-election to the 23rd District seat against Brett Hildabrand (R). Talia had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]


On November 4, 2008, Talia was elected to the 23rd District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating August Bogina, III (R).[9] Talia raised $49,440 for his campaign, while Bogina raised $36,932.[10]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 23
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngMilack Talia (D) 4,910 56.6%
August Bogina, III (R) 3,761 43.3%

Campaign donors

In 2008 Talia collected $49,440 in donations.[11]

Four of his largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Democratic Party $18,086
Talia, Milack $4,139
Carpenters District Council of Kansas City & Vicinity $1,000
Auto Workers Local 31 $1,000


Talia and his wife Jodi have one child.[1]

Contact information

Capitol Office

Room: DSOB

Phone: 785-296-7651


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Political offices
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 23
Succeeded by
Brett Hildabrand (R)