Will Carpenter

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Will Carpenter
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Kansas House of Representatives District 75
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth07/04/1956
Place of birthHamilton, Kansas
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Will Carpenter is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 75. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Carpenter's professional experience includes owning two small businesses in Potwin, Kansas.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Children and Seniors
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Commerce, Labor and Economic Development
Utilities and Telecommunications


Campaign themes

Carpenter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "As a small business owner and operator, Will understands the need to promote and expand business to create jobs and grow the economy."

Energy Independence

  • Excerpt: "Kansas needs a comprehensive energy plan. As your Representative, Will is dedicated to researching all options in regards to energy: coal, nuclear, solar and wind."


  • Excerpt: "As a lifelong hunter and statewide leader in conservation efforts, Will understands the need to protect our natural resources while supporting efforts to meet our nation's energy demands."



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Kari Ratliff was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Will Carpenter was unopposed in the Republican primary. Carpenter defeated Ratliff in the general election.[2][3]

Kansas House of Representatives District 75, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWill Carpenter Incumbent 69% 4,417
     Democratic Kari Ratliff 31% 1,980
Total Votes 6,397


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Carpenter won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 75. He defeated Karen Hasting in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Suzanne Scribner (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 75, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWill Carpenter 65.2% 5,329
     Democratic Suzanne Scribner 34.8% 2,840
Total Votes 8,169

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carpenter is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Carpenter raised a total of $52,195 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[7]

Will Carpenter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 75 Won $19,525
2008 Kansas State Senate , District 16 Defeated $32,670
Grand Total Raised $52,195


Carpenter won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Carpenter raised a total of $19,525.
Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Will Carpenter's campaign in 2012
Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry$1,000
Kansas Optometric Association$750
Kansas Medical Society$750
Kansas Contractors Association$750
Hollyfrontier PAC$500
Total Raised in 2012$19,525
Source:Follow the Money


Carpenter lost the election for the Kansas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Carpenter raised a total of $32,670.


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.[8]


Will Carpenter received a score of 69.0% in the 2013 index.[9]


Carpenter and his wife, Ann, have three children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Grange (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 75
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