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Anthony Hensley
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Kansas State Senate District 19
In office
1993 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 22
Kansas Senate Minority Leader
1996 – present
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
1977 – 1992
Bachelor'sWashburn University (1975)
Master'sKansas State University (1988)
Date of birthSeptember 2, 1953
Place of birthTopeka, Kansas
ProfessionSpecial Education Teacher
Office website

Anthony Hensley is a Democratic member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 19 since 1993. He has been the Minority Leader since 1996 and has also been a committeeman of the Democratic Precinct since 1976. In 1992, he was the Majority Whip. From 1977 to 1992, he was a Representative. In 1991 and 1992, he was the chairman of the 2nd District Democratic Committee and from 1981 to 1986, he was the chairman of the Shawnee County Democratic Central Committee.

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Confirmation Oversight, Vice-chair
Interstate Cooperation
Assessment and Taxation


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


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


See: Sen. Hensley issue positions on Project Vote Smart

The Kansas Democratic Party website lists his focuses as * Education, affordable health care, tax fairness, safety, job training, fair wages, and services for the disabled and aging.[1]

Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Hensley includes:

  • A bill limiting state employee lobbying[2]
  • A bill regarding election commissioners[3]
  • A resolution encouraging the creation of a U.S. laser defense program[4]
  • A bill to give journalists special privileges in obtaining information[5]
  • A bill establishing a Kansas bioscience authority[6]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Hensley won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 19. Hensley was unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Casey W. Moore (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Kansas State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Hensley Incumbent 58.5% 16,543
     Republican Casey W. Moore 41.5% 11,756
Total Votes 28,299


On November 4, 2008, Hensley was re-elected to the 19th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Shari Webber (R).[10] Hensley raised $129,510 for his campaign, while Webber raised $18,090.[11]

Kansas State Senate, District 19 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Hensley (D) 17,436 64.5%
Shari Webber (R) 9,557 35.4%

Campaign donors

Senator Hensley at the 2009 Labor Caucus


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008 Hensley collected $129,510 in donations[12]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Democratic Party $27,075
AT&T $2,400
Kansas Credit Union Association $2,000
Carpenters District Council of Kansas City & Vicinity $2,000


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.


Anthony Hensley received a rating of 13% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[14]


Hensley and his wife Deborah have one child.[15]

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