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Peter DeGraaf

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Peter DeGraaf
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Kansas House of Representatives District 82
Incumbent
In office
May 2008 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Peter DeGraaf is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 82. He was first elected to the chamber in May 2008.

DeGraaf earned his Bachelor's from the United States Air Force Academy. His professional experience includes serving as an Associate Pastor at Faith Community Church.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, DeGraaf served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
General Government Budget, Chair
Financial Institutions, Chair
Insurance
Appropriations

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Policy positions

DeGraaf's website says that he is a "Conservative Republican: who believes in "lower taxes, less government, family values, better education," and "financial common sense."[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]

  • H 2084 Cities; annexation; strip annexations restricted. 03/17/2009
  • H 2150 Property taxation; 2% limit on valuation increases. 02/27/2009
  • H 5014 Expanded rail service; Kansas City to Fort Worth, Texas; congratulating Kansas Department of Transportation and others; urging action. 03/17/2009[4]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Peter DeGraaf endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Elections

2014

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Danette Harris is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Pete DeGraaf is unopposed in the Republican primary.

2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

DeGraaf won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 82. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

DeGraaf won re-election to the 81st District seat against Zach Ketteman (D). DeGraaf had no opposition in the GOP primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 81 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPeter DeGraaf (R) 5,218
Zach Ketteman (D) 2,222

2008

On November 4, 2008, DeGraaf was re-elected to the 81st District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Mark Hardison (D).[9] DeGraaf raised $39,425 for his campaign, while Hardison raised $53,888.[10]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 81
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngPeter DeGraaf (R) 5,350 55.4%
Mark Hardison (D) 4,293 44.5%
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations

Endorsements

DeGraaf was endorsed by:

  • Kansans for Liberty[11]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DeGraaf is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, DeGraaf raised a total of $81,362 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[12]

Peter DeGraaf's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 82 Won $7,644
2010 Kansas State House, District 81 Won $34,293
2008 Kansas State House, District 81 Won $39,425
Grand Total Raised $81,362

2012

DeGraaf won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, DeGraaf raised a total of $7,644.
Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter DeGraaf's campaign in 2012
Kansas Association of Realtors$1,000
Kansas Medical Society$500
Koch Industries$500
Cox Communications$500
Centene Management Co LLC Centene Corp$500
Total Raised in 2012$7,644
Source:Follow the Money

2010

DeGraaf won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, DeGraaf raised a total of $34,293.

2008

DeGraaf won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, DeGraaf raised a total of $39,425.

Scorecards

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.[13]

2013

Peter DeGraaf received a score of 88.0% in the 2013 index.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Howell (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 82
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Kansas House of Representatives District 81
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Jim Howell (R)