Caryn Tyson

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Caryn Tyson
Caryn Tyson.jpg
Kansas State Senate District 12
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives District 4
Bachelor'sKansas State University
Master'sKansas University
Office website
Campaign website
Caryn Tyson is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 12 since 2013. She previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 4 from 2011 to 2013.

Caryn is a rancher and an IT specialist. She has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. Her job experiences include time at NASA where she received multiple awards for her achievement and teamwork. She and her husband own and operate Tyson Ranch.

Caryn earned two Bachelor of Science degrees simultaneously from Kansas State University, one in Computer Science and the other in Mathematics. She also holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Kansas University.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Assessment and Taxation, Vice-chair
Natural Resources
Federal and State Affairs


Tyson served on the following committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Tyson won election to the State Senate in 2012. Tyson won the August 7 Republican primary against John C. Coen and defeated Denise Cassells (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Kansas State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCaryn Tyson 65.8% 18,720
     Democratic Denise Cassells 34.2% 9,737
Total Votes 28,457

Kansas State Senate, District 12 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCaryn Tyson 56.1% 6,226
John C. Coen 43.9% 4,864
Total Votes 11,090


Tyson defeated incumbent Shirley Palmer (D) in the November 2 general election.[4]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCaryn Tyson (R) 4,268
Shirley Palmer (D) 2,818

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Tyson raised $34,026 in contributions. [5]

Her two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Bourbon County Republican Central Cmte $3,960
Kansas Chamber Of Commerce & Industry $1,000


Tyson has a husband, Tim.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Apple (R)
Kansas State Senate District 12
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Shirley Palmer (D)
Kansas House of Representatives District 4
Succeeded by
Marty Read (R)