Pat Colloton

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Pat Colloton
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Kansas House of Representatives District 28
Former Member
In office
2005 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin
J.D.University of Wisconsin Law School
Date of birthSeptember 18, 1944
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
Campaign website
Pat Colloton is a former Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 28 from 2005 to 2013.

Colloton, who has worked as an attorney since 1970, received her Bachelor's in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, and her J.D. from UW Law School.

Prior to her election to the House, Colloton served as an alternative delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004, and a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party Convention in 2003. She was also the Chair of the organizing committee for the Johnson County Republican Committee from 2003-2004.

Colloton has been active in a number of local organizations and is currently a member of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary, Women's Club, and the Johnson County Bar.[1]


Campaign themes

Colloton's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "I am working with our public school leadership and my colleagues in Topeka to insure that our Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission schools receive the levels of funding necessary to maintain the excellence we all expect and desire."


  • Excerpt: "I am working closely with our local Chambers of Commerce to get statewide improvements to the cost and ease of doing business in Kansas."

Local Government

  • Excerpt: "I will oppose the increasing number of fiscal policies in the State legislature that shift the tax burden onto the local property taxpayer. "

Disability Issues

  • Excerpt: "I have always been committed to these issues and have received special recognition from the disability service providers throughout Kansas."

Public Policy

  • Excerpt: "I have worked in Topeka to introduce legislation to make us safer (DNA testing, domestic violence legislation and victim notification)."

Policy Positions

Colloton's website lists public education and economic development as her top priorities.[3]

She 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?"[4]

Her answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test are available.

Has not sponsored any major legislation.[5]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Colloton ran for election to the Senate in 2012. She was defeated by Jeff Melcher in the Republican primary on August 7. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Kansas State Senate, District 11 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Melcher 59.4% 5,479
Pat Colloton 40.6% 3,748
Total Votes 9,227


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Colloton won re-election to the 28th District seat against Elise Chapline (D). Colloton had no opposition in the GOP primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 28 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Colloton (R) 8,739
Elise Chapline (D) 2,845


On November 4, 2008, Colloton was re-elected to the 28th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Tyler Holmes (D).[8] Colloton raised $39,068 for her campaign, while Holmes raised $736.[9]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 28
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Colloton (R) 11,717 75.0%
Tyler Holmes (D) 3,901 24.9%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Colloton received $32,773 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.[10]


In 2008 Colloton collected $39,068 in donations.[11]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Association of Insurance Agents $1,250
Kansas National Education Association $1,000
Kansans for Lifesaving Cures $1,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $900


Colloton and her husband Patrick have two children.[1]

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Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 28
Succeeded by
Jerry Lunn (R)