Carolyn McGinn

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Carolyn McGinn
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Kansas State Senate District 31
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 10
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Sedgwick County Commissioner
1998 – 2004
Bachelor'sWichita State University (1983)
Master'sFriends University (1998)
ProfessionBusiness Owner/Project Consultant
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website

Carolyn McGinn is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 31 since 2005. She previously was a Commissioner on the Sedgwick County Commission.

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Natural Resources


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


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


According to her website, Sen. McGinn's areas of interest include[1]: * Agriculture, personal property rights, water allocation/conservation, and the environment

Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. McGinn includes:[2][3]

  • A bill regarding the right to bear arms[4]
  • A resolution to create a budget stabilization fund[5]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

McGinn won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 31. McGinn defeated Gary Mason in the August 7 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Kansas State Senate, District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn McGinn Incumbent 55.1% 4,770
Gary Mason 44.9% 3,893
Total Votes 8,663


McGinn is one of eight Republican incumbents that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has targeted for defeat in 2012. It sees the eight incumbents as being impediments to private sector job creation and has made $1,000 donations and in-kind contributions to the Republican challengers.[9]


On November 4, 2008, McGinn was re-elected to the 31st District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Gene E. Marsh (D). [10] McGinn raised $127,866 for her campaign, while Marsh raised $18,615. [11]

Kansas State Senate, District 31 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn McGinn (R) 23,548 71.6%
Gene E. Marsh (D) 9,338 28.3%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, McGinn collected $127,866 in donations.[12]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee $6,800
State of Kansas Department of Administration $3,098
Northrock Inc. $2,000
Kansas Optometric Association $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.


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

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Preceded by
Christine Downey
Kansas State Senate District 31
Succeeded by