Stephen Morris

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Stephen Morris
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Kansas State Senate District 39
Former Member
In office
1993 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sKansas State University (1969)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force Reserve
Years of service1974 – 1991
Service branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1969 – 1974
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 4, 1946
Place of birthGarden City, Kansas
ProfessionOwner/Operator, S and B Farms
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification

Stephen Morris is a former Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 39 from 1993 to 2013 and serving as President of the Senate from 2004 to 2013. Previously, from 1977 to 1993, he was the President and Vice-President of the Unified School District 210 Board of Education.

Morris was defeated in the August 7, 2012, Republican Primary. He was one of 20 Kansas legislative incumbents defeated that night.[1]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Sen. Morris did not list his issue positions on his website.

See: Stephen Morris's issue positions from Project Vote Smart

Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Morris included:[2]

  • An amendment to create a budget stabilization fund[3]

Political positions

Debt negotiations

Morris was one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[4] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner had proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[5]

Education spending

Morris said one of the few options for legislators was to start cutting services that in the past had been off limits. In Kansas, about 85 percent of the state’s general fund budget is spent on education and Medicaid and another 6 percent goes to fund public employee pensions.

Morris said everything else is funded with the remaining 9 percent and many of those other functions, such as prisons, have very little flexibility.

"Some cuts have been made in programs, including education, but deeper cuts are inevitable," Morris said.

“At least in the near term, we will see reduced levels of services in most states and most programs,” Morris said. “The economy is improving, but it hasn’t improved to the point where there’s very much difference.”[6]

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Morris listed three main issues:[7]

  • Strong Economy: "Steve fights for jobs in southwest Kansas. He fought for the Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Hugoton, the Holcomb Sunflower Electric Power Plant and regulatory relief for irrigators to ensure prosperity in our region."
  • Strong Schools: "Steve believes the future of our state and our economic growth relies on a quality public education. Steve supported additional funding for our K-12 classrooms, increased the focus on career and technical education opportunities and advocated targeted investments in our state’s colleges and universities."
  • Strong for Southwest Kansas: "Rural Kansas needs Steve's leadership and integrity in Topeka. Steve's voting record in the Senate is consistently pro-life. As Kansas Senate President he serves the people of southwest Kansas with respect, integrity and pride."

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Targeted

Morris 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 made $1,000 donations and in-kind contributions to the Republican challengers.[8]

Morris ran for re-election in 2012. He was defeated by Larry Powell in the August 7 Republican primary.[9]

Kansas State Senate, District 39 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Powell 51.9% 5,106
Stephen R. Morris Incumbent 48.1% 4,737
Total Votes 9,843

2008

On November 4, 2008, Morris was re-elected to the 39th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate with no opposition.[10] He raised $184,420 for his campaign.[11]

Kansas State Senate, District 39 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Morris (R) 18,215 100%

Campaign donors

In 2008 Morris collected $184,420 in donations.[12]

Four of his largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $2,250
Kansans for Quality Mental Health Services $2,000
High Plains Telecommunications $2,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $2,000

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

2010

Stephen Morris received a rating of 7% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Kansas State Senate District 39
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Larry Powell (R)