Dwayne Umbarger

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Dwayne Umbarger
Dwayne Umbarger.jpg
Kansas State Senate District 14
Former Member
In office
1997 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sNeosho County Community College (1972)
Date of birthAugust 2, 1952
Place of birthChanute, Kansas
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website

Dwayne D. Umbarger is a former Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 14 from 1997 to 2013 and serving as the Assistant Majority Whip from 2003 to 2013. In 1995 and 1996, he was on the ANW Special Education Board in Numbolt, Kansas. He was also a School Board member for the Consolidated Unified School District #101 in Erie from 1994 to 1996, and served on the Hidden Haven Christian Camp board and the rural water board.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


What Sen. Umbarger supports[2]:

  • State, rather than local, educational funding
  • Tax exemptions for senior citizens
  • Veterans benefits
  • Pro-life


Legislation which Sen. Umbarger co-sponsored includes: A resolution affirming the right of unions to hold private elections[3], a resolution to encourage the creation of a U.S. laser defense system[4], a resolution for a transportation plan[5], and a bill repealing the franchise tax[6].

Campaign themes


On this campaign website, Umbarger outlines his position on three main issues:[7]

  • Southeast Kansas Jobs: "Dwayne believes good-paying jobs and opportunities for small business owners in rural Kansas is a top priority."
  • Strong Local Schools: "Dwayne is a long-time supporter of education, advocating for rural schools, adequate resources for our classrooms and increased local control."
  • Fiscal Responsibility: "As a member and former chair of the Senate budget committee, Umbarger has helped balance the budget every year he’s been in office, reducing state spending by nearly $2 billion in the past few years alone. Dwayne also has a strong track record of reducing taxes."



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Umbarger ran for re-election in District 15. He was defeated by incumbent Jeff King in the August 7 Republican primary.[8][9]

Kansas State Senate, District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff King Incumbent 57.3% 5,668
Dwayne Umbarger 42.7% 4,224
Total Votes 9,892


On November 4, 2008, Umbarger was re-elected to the 14th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating David L. Miller (D).[10] Umbarger raised $135,260 for his campaign, while Miller raised $1,900.[11]

Kansas State Senate, District 14 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngDwayne Umbarger (R) 16,300 64.7%
David L. Miller (D) 8,868 35.3%

Campaign donors


In 2008 Umbarger collected $135,260 in donations.[12]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee $6,700
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce $3,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $2,000
American Federation of Teachers $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.


Dwayne Umbarger received a rating of 20% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[14]

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Umbarger and his wife, Toni, have four children and ten grandchildren. They both serve in leadership roles at Ambassador Christian Church in Chanute. Umbarger farms near Thayer.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kansas State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Forrest Knox (R)