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Deena Horst

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Deena Horst
Kansas House of Representatives District 69
Former representative
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Teacher
Deena Horst was a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 69th district. She served from 1995-2011.

Horst currently serves as Precinct Committee Woman for the Salina County Republican Party, and has previously worked as secretary for the Salina County Republican Party Central Committee.

A teacher by trade, she has been an Art Teacher/Department Chair with Unified School District 305, South Middle School, Salina, Kansas since 1968. Horst has a BSE from Kansas State Teachers College, an MA from Emporia State University, and is currently working towards her EDD at Kansas State University.[1]

Policy Positions

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

In the test she lists her legislative priorities:

1) Ensuring that leading every classroom is a highly, qualified teacher who has the support and materials needed to be highly effective; 2) Making certain that all Kansans who truly need assistance in accessing health care and other services, receive it; 3) Requiring each energy utility in Kansas to develop a realistic, affordable balance between renewable and non-renewable energy sources; and 4) Encouraging economic development through establishing a business climate which is competitive with surrounding states.

  • H 2150 Property taxation; 2% limit on valuation increases. 02/27/2009
  • H 2228 Private postsecondary institutions eligibility for the Kansas comprehensive grant program. 02/04/2009[2]

Committee assignments

While a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Horst served on the following committees:



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

In the August 3rd primary election, Horst was defeated by Republican primary opponent Tom Arpke by a margin of 1,205 to 898. Horst was seeking her ninth term.[3]


On November 4, 2008, Horst was re-elected to the 69th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Rebekah Gaston (D) and Mike Trow (L). [4] Horst raised $21,585 for her campaign, while Gaston raised $11,742 and Horst raised $500. [5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 69
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngDeena Horst (R) 4,026 52.9%
Rebekah Gaston (D) 3,072 40.4%
Mike Trow (L) 502 6.6%

Campaign donors

In 2008 Horst collected $21,585 in donations.[6]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Saline County Republican Central Committee $1,205
Kansas Contractors Association $1,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $900
Kansas Optometric Association $750
Kansas Medical Society $750

Contact information

Capitol Office

Room: 122-W

Phone: 785-296-7501


External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 69
Succeeded by
Tom Arpke (R)