Vincent Wetta

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Vincent Wetta
Vince Wetta.jpg
Kansas House of Representatives District 80
Former Member
In office
2007 - 2013
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWichita State University (1996)
Date of birthDecember 5, 1945
Place of birthWichita, Kansas
Office website
Campaign website
Vincent Wetta is a former Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 80 since 2007.

Wetta, who received his B.A. from Wichita State University, worked as a conductor/engineer with the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company for 40 years.

He has served as President and on the Board of Directors of the Panhandle Federal Credit Union, as well as being a member of the Crusader Club, Knights of Columbus, and Wellington Rotary Club.[1]


Campaign themes

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


  • Excerpt: "helped create 1000 jobs in Sumner County. Support and Encourage the Oil Production in South-Central Kansas."

Property Taxes

  • Excerpt: "The 2012 Tax plan went too far. We will see a dramatic rise in property taxes as local entities try to provide services."

Quality Education

  • Excerpt: "Consolidating rural schools is not an option. We need to fund our schools."


  • Excerpt: "Meals on Wheels and other services for the elderly are in serious jeopardy."


  • Excerpt: "100% pro-life voting record. I believe that life begins at conception."

Committee assignments


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


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


Wetta's answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available.

When asked in the test to list his legislative goals, he stated "Energy issues are the #1 priority at this time. Transportation issues will be very important & we need to start getting ready for the future."

  • H 2084 Cities; annexation; strip annexations restricted. 03/17/2009
  • H 2245 Fair credit reporting act, credit freeze. 02/05/2009
  • H 2248 Sales tax exemption for certain organizations which provide services for seniors. 02/05/2009
  • H 5003 Kansas constitutional amendment; equal rights; no discrimination based on sex. 01/23/2009[2]



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wetta ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 116. He was unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Kyle D. Hoffman (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 116, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKyle Hoffman Incumbent 58.7% 5,352
     Democratic Vincent Wetta Incumbent 41.3% 3,768
Total Votes 9,120


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wetta won re-election to the 80th District seat against Ellen Janoski (R). Wetta had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 80 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Wetta (D) 3,551
Ellen Janoski (R) 3,326


On November 4, 2008, Wetta was re-elected to the 80th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives with no opposition.[7] He raised $30,517 for his campaign.[8]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 80
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Wetta (D) 7,297 100%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Wetta received $41,763 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.[9]


In 2008 Wetta collected $30,517 in donations.[10]

Four of his largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kimball Insurance Agency Inc. $1,000
Kansas Contractors Association $600
Kansas Medical Society $500
Shank, Heather & Scott $500


Vincent Wetta has been married to his wife Marilyn for 45 years. They have three sons and have 11 grandchildren.[1]

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Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 80
Succeeded by
Kasha Kelley (R)